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HTML a Tag with Example

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HTML <a> tag represents internal or external hyperlinks.

Anchor tag is used to link from one web page to another web page internally or externally via “href” attribute – the most popular and important attribute of anchor tag. Hyperlinks will appears with underlined text in blue(for not visited or not clicked links) OR maroon(for visited or clicked links) color.

Sample Code

<a href="http://www.webblogsforyou.com">Webblogsforyou</a>

Sample Result

Tip: You can see the complete List of HTML Elements here.

Tag Specific Attributes Support

Following are few anchor tag attributes that are supported by <a> tag.

Attribute Value Description
href url Represents link of the target web page or document
name name Represents the name of an anchor within web page
rel alternate
author
bookmark
help
license
nofollow
noreferrer
prefetch
search
tag
Represents the relationship between current web page or linked web page
target  
_blank
_parent
_self
_top
Represents where to open the linked web page or target URL
> the target URL will open in a new window
> the target URL will open in the parent frameset
> the target URL will open in the same frame or window
> the target URL will open in the top on same window

Standard Attributes Support

HTML <a> tag supports mostly all HTML Attributes. Following are some most common attributes that are used by <a> tag. You can get more details about available HTML Attributes here.

Attribute Value Description
class user_defined Represents a style for an element which is used in CSS style sheet
id user_defined Represents unique id for an element
lang lang_code Represents the language of the element for it’s content
style css_properties Represents an inline style for an element for e.g style=”color:red;text-decoration:underline;”
title user_defined Represents a tooltip information for an elements like img, a, abbr etc

Event Attributes Support

The “script” is invoked when a certain “event” occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event. HTML <a> tag supports mostly all HTML Event Attributes. Following are some most common event attributes that are used by <a> tag. You can get more details about available HTML Event Attributes here.

Attribute Value Description
onclick script Event fires immediately when mouse clicked on the specified element
ondblclick script Event fires immediately when mouse double-click on the specified element
onkeydown script Event fires immediately when user is pressing a down key from keyboard
onkeypress script Event fires immediately when user presses a key from keyboard
onkeyup script Event fires immediately when user releases a key from keyboard
onmousedown script Event fires immediately when mouse pointer gets down from an element
onmousemove script Event fires immediately when mouse pointer moves over an element
onmouseout script Event fires immediately when mouse pointer gets out from an element
onmouseover script Event fires immediately when mouse pointer moves over an element
onmouseup script Event fires immediately when a mouse pointer is released over an element
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