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Creating links with url hidden

GeorgefromGlasgow Is it possible when setting up a hyperlink using HTML to hide the url the link will lead to, and also keep the url hidden (when the page is located) in the browser window?

For example suppose I want a link to go tohttp://mysite/mypage.html,but I don’t want the visitor to know where they are being taken, is this possible using HTML?

Posted on: 12:48 am on February 28, 2001
EBookCompiler For HTML web pages, + status line

<a href="http://mysite/mypage.html" onMouseOver="window.status='Click now for cool info!';return true" onMouseOut="window.status='';return true;">

Another way is to link to a page on your site which is a 100% frame round the content.  If this is an affiliate link, check the rules on the affiliate program as not all allow it.  This will stop them seeing the address bar in the browser

(Edited by EBookCompiler at 2:32 am on Feb. 28, 2001)

Posted on: 2:30 am on February 28, 2001
Danial <a href="yoururl.htm" onMouseOver="MM_displayStatusMsg('say here what you want to be displayed in the status bar');return document.MM_returnValue">Link
here </a>

This is how the html will read if you want to use a link to a site from a picture or text, and make it say something else in the status bar at the bottom of the page.
You can also shut off the status bar in your E-Books completely, I do because it cleans up the page better and looks more professional. As the last post also says, frames is the only other way of hiding the page it is going to.
Personaly, if an Internet site is linked to, I would be wanting to use the Internet site to expand the original intentions of the E-Book, not hide it, maybe even provide a link to the E-Book download on the page so if a person sends someone else by referal to it they can also be exposed to the E-Book. Cross linking is probably the number one thing that you can do on the net.

Posted on: 3:27 am on February 28, 2001
GeorgefromGlasgow Thanks Sunil & Danial

Sunil your solution worked, Danial don't know what happened but I got an error message with your suggestion. Thanks anyway problem is solved


Posted on: 6:31 pm on March 14, 2001
EZcollegedegrees Why would you want to hide the URL?  What´s that for?

Posted on: 1:27 am on October 30, 2001
EBookCompiler Why?

Couple of possible reasons:

You might have some kind of advertising or referral or affiliate link on your web page.  i.e. a link that you're getting paid for.  Instead of letting the user see that it's a paid link, you could give the impression that it's just a normal link


You might be linking to some lesser known or long URL.  Rather than having the status line dislay a long URL you want it to display a helpful message


I suppose you might just want to "trick" the user for some reason

Posted on: 12:06 pm on November 2, 2001
dreuby I've also seen this recommended for affiliates who don't want their referrals "stolen" - people can remove the affiliate reference before they use the link, so the affiliate doesn't get credited with that referral.

Posted on: 9:27 pm on November 11, 2001


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