HTML Links

Links are found in nearly all web pages. Links allow users to click their way from page to page.

HTML Links – Hyperlinks

HTML links are hyperlinks.

You can click on a link and jump to another document.

When you move the mouse over a link, the mouse arrow will turn into a little hand.

Note: A link does not have to be text. It can be an image or any other HTML element.

HTML Links – Syntax

In HTML, links are defined with the <a> tag:

(        <a href=”url“>link text</a>    )


<a href=””>Visit our HTML tutorial</a

The href attribute specifies the destination address ( of the link.

The link text is the visible part (Visit our HTML tutorial).

Clicking on the link text will send you to the specified address.

Note: Without a forward slash on subfolder addresses, you might generate two requests to the server. Many servers will automatically add a forward slash to the address, and then create a new request.

Local Links

The example above used an absolute URL (A full web address).

A local link (link to the same web site) is specified with a relative URL (without http://www….).


<a href=”html_images.asp”>HTML Images</a>

HTML Link Colors

By default, a link will appear like this (in all browsers):

  • An unvisited link is underlined and blue
  • A visited link is underlined and purple
  • An active link is underlined and red

You can change the default colors, by using styles:


a:link {
color: green;
background-color: transparent;
text-decoration: none;
}a:visited {
color: pink;
background-color: transparent;
text-decoration: none;

a:hover {
color: red;
background-color: transparent;
text-decoration: underline;

a:active {
color: yellow;
background-color: transparent;
text-decoration: underline;

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