(Or “hyperlink”, “button”, formerly “span”, “region”, “extent”) A pointer from within the content of one hypertext node (e.g. a web page) to another node. In HTML (the language used to write web pages), the source and destination of a link are known as “anchors”. A source anchor may be a word, phrase, image or the whole node. A destination anchor may be a whole node or some position within the node.
A hypertext browser displays source anchors in some distinctive way. When the user activates the link (e.g. by clicking on it with the mouse), the browser displays the destination anchor to which the link refers. Anchors should be recognisable at all times, not, for example, only when the mouse is over them. Originally links were always underlined but the modern preference is to use bold text.
In HTML, anchors are created with .. anchor elements. The opening “a” tag of a source anchor has an “href” (hypertext reference) attribute giving the destination in the form of a URL – usually a whole “page”. E.g. a href=”http://foldoc.org/”
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Destination anchors can be used in HTML to name a position within a page using a “name” attribute. E.g. a name=”chapter3″
The name or “fragment identifier” is appended to the URL of the page after a “#”:
abbreviation 1. hypertext markup language: a text description language that is used for electronic publishing, esp on the Internet 1992, standing for Hypertext Markup Language. HTML (āch’tē-ěm-ěl’) A markup language used to structure text and multimedia documents and to set up hypertext links between documents, used extensively on the World Wide Web. An abbreviation for […]
- Hypertext transfer protocol
protocol (HTTP) The client-server TCP/IP protocol used on the World-Wide Web for the exchange of HTML documents. It conventionally uses port 80. Latest version: HTTP 1.1, defined in RFC 2068, as of May 1997. See also Uniform Resource Locator. (1994-10-27)
hyperthecosis hy·per·the·co·sis (hī’pər-thē-kō’sĭs) n. Diffuse hyperplasia of the epithelioid cells of the corpus luteum.
hyperthelia hy·per·the·li·a (hī’pər-thē’lē-ə, -thēl’yə) n. See polythelia.