It's obvious that links can be used for different purposes, such as providing more information about a subject or taking you to an online shopping cart.
But did you ever think that they could be classified into categories based on their function? In Hypertext Links: Whither Thou Goest, and Why, Claire Harrison takes on this task.
I have to admit that the article is pretty lenghty, so if you're like me and want to cut to the chase, skip to the table of link classes and its supporting explanations.
Claire has come up with 7 types of link:
This is the only article on this subject that I've ever come across, so it's worth making a note of for this reason alone.
I'm not sure if there's any obvious practical application for this knowledge, but it's an interesting concept and the categories make sense to me. Any ideas?
If nothing else, you might be able to throw in a few of these terms into a job interview or a client meeting to increase your brainiac factor…
Well, Mr. Client, as far as your product pages are concerned, I would recommend using a more even ratio of enhancing to mode-changing links. You would do well to support these through the addition of some referencing links also.
What do you think – would I get the gig?
Posted on: July 10, 2006 | No comments
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