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Specifies either a hyperlink or a target for a hyperlink.

Browser/User Agent Support

IE Netscape Mozilla Opera Safari
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+

Example

Hyperlink example

This example shows a hyperlink to an external web site that will open in a new browser window:

 <a href="http://www.Navioo.com" target="_blank">Aptana's web site</a>  

Email example

This example shows an email hyperlink that will create a new email to be sent to the "mailto:" address:

 <a href="mailto:sales@Navioo.com">Aptana Sales</a>  

Target example

This example shows an anchor that is set up to be a target for a hyperlink:

 <a href="mailto:sales@Navioo.com">Aptana Sales</a>  

Remarks

An anchor can define either a hyperlink, including an email address, a target for a hyperlink, or both.

Attribute Detail

Attribute IE Netscape Mozilla Opera Safari
accesskey
[key].
Hot-key shortcut for the element.
5.5+ no no no 1.0+
 
Specifies the character set associated with the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
class
[class-name]. Example values: header-class, list-element, etc.
CSS class assigned to the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Specifies whether or not the content of the element is editable, or if the element inherits the value of this property from its parent.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
coords
[left-top-x-coord, left-top-y-coord, right-bottom-x-coord, right-bottom-y-coord]. Example values: 10, 10, 100, 100
Comma-delimited x, y coordinates for the element.
4.0+ 1.1+ 1.0+ 7.0+ 1.0+
 
datafld
[field-name]
For a databound element, specifies the field supplying the data.
4.0+ no no no no
 
datasrc
[name/id-of-data-source]
For a databound element, specifies the id of the data source.
4.0+ no no no no
 
dir
Direction of the element text.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Specifies whether or not the element is disabled.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Specifies whether the element shows a visual cue when it has focus.
5.5+ no no no no
 
href
[url]
Path or URL for the linked document or object.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
hreflang
[language-code]. Example values: "en" (English), "fr" (French), "es" (Spanish), etc.
Language of the linked document.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
id
[element-id]
Unique identifier for the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
lang
[language-code]. Example values: "en" (English), "fr" (French), "es" (Spanish), etc.
Language code for the content of the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Script language for the element.
3.0+ 2.0+ 1.0+ no 1.0+
 
methods
[http-method]
Possible methods that may be called on the element.
4.0+ no no no no
 
name
[element-name]
Unique name identifier for the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
rel
Defines the relationship of the linked document to the current document.
3.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+ no 1.0+
 
rev
Defines the relationship of the current document to the linked document.
3.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+ no 1.0+
 
For an anchor that defines a hyperlink, shape of the selectable hypertext region.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
style
[style-name]
Inline style for the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
tabindex
[number]
Position of the element in the tabbing order for the document.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
target
Example values: "mycat.php" (url), "_blank", "_self", etc.
Target window to use for opening the linked document.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
title
[text-description]
Short text description for the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Specifies the type of linked file.
4.0+ 1.0+ 7.0+ 1.0+
 
Specifies whether or not the element is unselectable.
5.5+ no no no no
 
urn
[uniform-resource-name]
Uniform resource name (URN) for the link.
4.0+ no no no no
 

Event Detail

Event IE Netscape Mozilla Opera Safari
Fires when the element becomes active.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before the element becomes active.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before the selection is copied to the clipboard.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires immediately before the selection is cut to the clipboard.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires immediately before the element stops being the active element.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before the element receives focus prior to being edited.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before the selection is pasted from the clipboard to the element.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when the element loses focus.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the element is clicked.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the element is right-clicked and the context menu opens.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires immediately before the element is selected.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the element is copied to the clipboard.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when the element is cut to the clipboard.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when the element is double-clicked.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the active element becomes inactive.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the element is dragged.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when the element is released from being dragged.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when the element has another object dragged onto it that can be dropped on the element.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when an element has an object dragged out of it that could be dropped onto the element.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when an element has an object dragged over it that could be dropped onto the element.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires immediately before an element is dragged.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when an object is dropped onto the element.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when the element receives focus.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires immediately before an element receives focus.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately after focus moves from the element to another element.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when a user presses the F1 key to activate help.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when a user presses down on a key while the element has focus.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when a user presses a key or holds down the key while the element has focus.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when a user releases a key while the element has focus.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the element loses mouse capture.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when a user clicks down on the mouse button while the element has focus.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the mouse pointer enters the element.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the mouse pointer leaves the element.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the mouse moves while the pointer over the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the mouse pointer moves off of the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the mouse pointer moves over the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the user releases the mouse button while the element has focus.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the user rotates the mouse wheel while the element has focus.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the element moves.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the element stops moving.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before the element moves.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the clipboard contents are pasted onto the element.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when one of the properties of the element changes.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the ready state of the element changes.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before an element is about to be resized.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when the element is finished being resized.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before a user resizes the element.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before the element is selected.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when a time-related error occurs.
4.0+ no no no no
 

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