A hyperlink (or link) is a word, group of words, or image that you can click on to jump to a new document or a new section within the current document.
When you move the cursor over a link in a Web page, the arrow will turn into a little hand.
Links are specified in HTML using the <.a> tag.
The <.a> tag can be used in two ways:
1. To create a link to another document, by using the href attribute
2. To create a bookmark inside a document, by using the name attribute
HTML Link Syntax
The HTML code for a link is simple. It looks like this:
<.a href="url">Link text
The href attribute specifies the destination of a link.
<.a href="http://www.yourdomain.com/">Visit your domain
which will display like this: Visit your domain
Clicking on this hyperlink will send the user to W3Schools' homepage.
Tip: The "Link text" doesn't have to be text. You can link from an image or any other HTML element.
HTML Links - The target Attribute
The target attribute specifies where to open the linked document.
The example below will open the linked document in a new browser window:
<.a href="http://www.yourdomain.com/" target="_blank">Visit your domain
HTML Links - The name Attribute
The name attribute specifies the name of an anchor.
The name attribute is used to create a bookmark inside an HTML document.
Bookmarks are not displayed in any special way. They are invisible to the reader.
A named anchor inside an HTML document:
<.a name="tips">Useful Tips Section
Create a link to the "Useful Tips Section" inside the same document:
<.a href="#tips">Visit the Useful Tips Section
Or, create a link to the "Useful Tips Section" from another page:
<.a href="http://www.your domain.com/html_links.htm#tips">
Visit the Useful Tips Section
Basic Notes - Useful Tips
Note: Always add a trailing slash to subfolder references. If you link like this: href="http://www.your domain.com/html", you will generate two requests to the server, the server will first add a slash to the address, and then create a new request like this: href="http://www.yourdomain.com/html/".
Tip: Named anchors are often used to create "table of contents" at the beginning of a large document. Each chapter within the document is given a named anchor, and links to each of these anchors are put at the top of the document.
Tip: If a browser does not find the named anchor specified, it goes to the top of the document. No error occurs.
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