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Adding Links in OU Campus

What is a descriptive link?

Descriptive links are links that are clearly identified through their chosen name and describes where the link directs to. Descriptive links should be written to stand-alone without reading the context of the sentence/content it is hosted in.

Try to make links: specific, sincere, substantial, and succinct!

Link Text Tips:

The following are some suggestions on how to create a descriptive link for your web page:

  • Avoid using generic terms like “Click here” or “Here”
  • Be specific: Try making links like: “July 2011, Summer Programs” Rather than just “Summer Programs”. This will prevent confusion for viewers if there are multiple links of similar topics, such as an archive of summer programs.
  • Duplicate names should go to the same place: If more than one link on a page shares the same link text, all those links should point to the same site/file.
  • Add identifying details: If two or more links refer to different site/file but share the same link text, distinguish the links by adding dates, details, or title attributes.
  • Use the {{f:######}} link: For pages in OU Campus a link set up like {{f:######}} is resistent to breaking if a file is renamed or moved.

How to Add Links on OU Campus

Step 1:

Find the site/file you want to link.

Step 2:

On OU Campus Content Editor, highlight the text that you want to link and select the link icon.

For images, simply click the image and select Insert/edit link.

Step 3:

A pop-up will open. You have two ways to link up a file, document, or page:

  • Internal is linking a text that is a site/file on the OU Campus server.
    • Examples of this might be a document you recently uploaded.
  • External is linking a text by URL to a site that is outside of your OU Campus environment.
URL pop up

Step 4 Internal:

Select the Browse icon. A Internal link will open where you can look for the site/file that is on the OU Campus server to link it to the text. After selecting a site/file, a confirmation window will pop-up. Select OK.

Using this process your link should turn in to a link formatted like: {{f:######}} - this is basically OU Campus's shorthand for that specific page/file and will be resistent to breaking if hte file/page is moved or renamed.

internally embedded link

Step 4 External:

Copy and paste the URL to the URL field.

insert external link

Step 5: For Internal and External links!

Add a link Title. Title is only necessary if two or more links refer to different site/file but share the same link text.

This title will show up if a user hovers over a link and is also reas by a screen reader.

Text to Display: If you want to modify the clickable wording on your link, type in a new phrase in this field

add link title

Step 6:

After adding a link title, select the OK button. The text is linked and highlighted blue.

Step 7:

Select the save button at the top of the Content Editor to finalize your page.

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