Back Link: The Basics
The first step in implementing the back link
is to download
and upload it to your server. Load
into your web page with a
tag like this:
backlink.js is implemented by putting a short script in your page.
that creates a
backlink object, sets various optional properties of the object (we�ll go over all of them later in this section), then calls the
write() method of the object. For example, the following script uses a the backlink code in its simplest form, creating a
backlink object, then immediately writing it out:
which gives us this back link:
Let's take a look at this basic example.
Line 1 opens the script element and line 2 sets the obligatory comment for older browsers. Line 3 creates a backlink object, storing it in the
bl variable. Line 4 then calls the backlink object�s
write() method which writes out the HTML code for the link. 5 closes the comment and 6 closes the script element.
No History, No Link
The backlink object uses object detection to test if the
method works. If the browser does not support
, or if the browser is in the first page it has loaded since the browser opened (i.e. there is no page to go "back" to), then the back link is not written out. This is why it is better to use a scripting object to write out the link instead of hardcoding the link into the page.
Now let's look at customizing the back link.