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The <a> tag is supported in all major browsers.
The <a> tag defines a hyperlink, which is used to link from one page to another.
The most important attribute of the <a> element is the href attribute, which indicates the link’s destination.
By default, links will appear as follows in all browsers:
Tip: The following attributes: hreflang, media, rel, target, and type cannot be present if the href attribute is not present.
Tip: A linked page is normally displayed in the current browser window, unless you specify another target.
Tip: Use CSS to style links.
In HTML 4.01, the <a> tag could be either a hyperlink or an anchor. In HTML5, the <a> tag is always a hyperlink, but if it has no href attribute, it is only a placeholder for a hyperlink.
HTML5 has some new attributes, and some HTML 4.01 attributes are no longer supported.
New : New in HTML5.
|charset||char_encoding||Not supported in HTML5. Specifies the character-set of a linked document|
|coords||coordinates||Not supported in HTML5. Specifies the coordinates of a link|
|href||URL||Specifies the URL of the page the link goes to|
|hreflang||language_code||Specifies the language of the linked document|
|media New||media_query||Specifies what media/device the linked document is optimized for|
|name||section_name||Not supported in HTML5. Specifies the name of an anchor|
|Specifies the relationship between the current document and the linked document|
|rev||text||Not supported in HTML5. Specifies the relationship between the linked document and the current document|
|Not supported in HTML5. Specifies the shape of a link|
|Specifies where to open the linked document|
|type New||MIME_type||Specifies the MIME type of the linked document|
The <a> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.
The <a> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.
How to create hyperlinks.
An image as a link
How to use an image as a link.
Open a link in a new browser window
How to open a link in a new browser window, so that the visitor does not have to leave your Web site.
Create a mailto link
How to link to a mail message (will only work if you have mail installed).
Create a mailto link 2
Another mailto link.
Using an anchor URL
How to use an anchor URL with an id attribute (the name attribute is not supported in HTML5).
HTML tutorial: HTML Links
HTML DOM reference: Anchor object
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