External Cross-References

External cross-references directly link to external resources like websites or documents hosted on servers external to your content library.


Figure 1. External Cross-References Operation.
The following example shows that:
  • “xref A” links to a web page.
  • “xref B” links to a document on an external server.
  • “xref C” links to a file on an external server.
Important: Always ensure that the files that you link to are not malicious. Be extra cautious when linking to executables like EXE or APP files.
External links

Use Cases

Consider using external cross-references in the following scenarios:

Maintenance Guidelines

Depending on the link targets, external cross-references may require a considerable level of maintenance. Keep the following guidelines in mind when using external cross-references:

Publishing Guidelines

Keep these guidelines in mind when using external cross-references:

  • If you insert a link to an external resource, consider entering custom link text.
  • Do not enter custom link text if you plan to print hard copies of the document.