The HTML <a> tag defines a hyperlink.
A hyperlink (or link) is a word, group of words, or image that you can click on to jump to another document.
When you move the cursor over a link in a Web page, the arrow will turn into a little hand.
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:
- An unvisited link is underlined and blue
- A visited link is underlined and purple
- An active link is underlined and red
HTML Link Syntax
The HTML code for a link is simple. It looks like this:
The href attribute specifies the destination of a link.
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 or a new tab:
HTML Links – The id Attribute
The id attribute can be used to create a bookmark inside an HTML document.
Tip: Bookmarks are not displayed in any special way. They are invisible to the reader.
An anchor with an id inside an HTML document:
Create a link to the “Useful Tips Section” inside the same document:
Or, create a link to the “Useful Tips Section” from another page:
Visit the Useful Tips Section</a>