Beginning HTML5 and CSS3 For Dummies
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Hyperlinks, or simply links, connect HTML pages and other resources on the web. When you include a link on your page, you enable visitors to travel from your page to another website, another page on your site, or even another location on the same page.

Without links, a page stands alone, disconnected from the rest of the web. With links, that page becomes part of the almost boundless collection of information that is the World Wide Web.

To create a link, you need

You can think of the structure of a basic link as a cheeseburger (or your preferred vegan substitute). The URL is the patty, the link text is the cheese, and the anchor tags are the buns. Tasty, yes?

For example, if you have a web page that describes HTML standards, you may want to refer web surfers to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) — the organization that governs all things related to HTML standards. A basic link to the W3C website looks like this:

<p>The <a href="">World Wide Web Consortium</a> is the
   standards body that oversees the ongoing development of the HTML
   specifications, and the WHATWG helps out with HTML5.</p>

You specify the link URL ( in the anchor element’s href attribute. The text (World Wide Web Consortium) between the anchor element’s opening and closing tags ( and ) describes the link.

The figure shows how a browser displays this bit of markup.


You can also anchor URLs to images so that users can click an image to activate a link.

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Ed Tittel is a 30-year veteran of the technology industry with more than 140 computing books to his credit, including the bestselling HTML For Dummies.

Chris Minnick runs Minnick Web Services. He teaches, speaks, and consults on web-related topics and has contributed to numerous books, including WebKit For Dummies.

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