Links & Anchors

Understanding Internal vs. External links

An internal link is one going to a page you can browse to and view within Cascade. If you're a www.wm.edu user, this means pages in any www.wm.edu site. If you're a mason.wm.edu user, this means links to pages within mason.wm.edu, and so on. Any other links are considered external.

Learn about best practices for links and navigation in the Writing & Style Guide.

Creating Links

Insert/edit linkInsert/edit link

Select the text to be linked in the editor. After clicking the Insert/edit link button, a dialog box will open:
  • Insert/edit link dialog
    Select a link source of Internal or External
  • For an internal source, click the Choose File, Page or Link button to browse or search for the link in Cascade. For an external source, provide the full URL (including the "http://").
  • If you are linking to an anchor point on a page, include the name of the anchor in the Anchor field.
  • If it is necessary to open your link in a new window, select New Window from the Target dropdown.
  • If you are creating a content button with your link, you can use the Class field to select the content_button or content_button_with_arrow format (this can also be applied later using the formats sub-menu).

Remove linkUnlink - removes the selected link

Anchors

AnchorInsert/Edit Anchor

Note: The use of anchors can be disorienting for users. If you're looking to use anchors due to the length of your page's content, consider breaking the content into multiple pages or using collapsible lists to improve usability.

Creating anchors is a two-step process. You'll need to first place the anchor within a page (where users will land after clicking your link), and then create the link to this anchor point.

Step 1: Create the anchor on a page.
  1. Insert/edit anchor dialogEdit the page where you want users to land.
  2. Place your cursor in the content area, exactly where you want them to land.
  3. Click the Anchor button (Anchor button).
  4. Fill in an ID for the anchor. OK. For best results the ID should be all one string, all lowercase with no spaces. Dashes are allowed.
Step 2: Create a link to your newly anchored location.
  1. The link can be elsewhere on the page, or on a different page.
  2. Edit the page and create a link as usual, selecting Internal for the link source. If the anchored location is within the same page don't choose a page link (it will default to the current page).
  3. In the Anchor field, type in the ID you created in Step 1. You do not need to put the # symbol in front of the ID — for those familiar with this step in other systems, Cascade takes care of it for you.
  4. Click OK to insert the link.