Using Relative Path Names
But what if you are linking to a page within the same
website? Do you really need ALL that stuff? No!
Relative path names are a throw-back to the days when all
computers used an operating system called UNIX. Whether you
are on a Mac or a Windows computer, your machine still
speaks a bit of that language, especially when it comes to
the internet. So your computer (or anyone else's computer)
knows that if you don't include a full URL to look for it on
the same server as the page you are viewing.
Confused? Okay, try it by adding this to your test2.html
My First Month
Open your page in your web browser
and take a look! Now, click on that new link and see what
Unless you are saving your test pages in
different folders, you should have seen your first month's
work pop up on the screen. That's because your computer knew
what page you were viewing when you clicked the link and it
looked for a file called "test1.html" in the same
We'll talk more about using relative path names
when we discuss website organization, but it is fun being
able to click over to your own page, isn't it?