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    HTMLAnchorElement

    The HTMLAnchorElement interface represents hyperlink elements and provides special properties and methods (beyond those of the regular HTMLElement object interface they also have available to them by inheritance) for manipulating the layout and presentation of such elements.

    Properties

    Inherits properties from its parent, HTMLElement, and implements those from URLUtils.

    HTMLAnchorElement.accessKey
    Is a DOMString representing a single character that switches input focus to the hyperlink.
    HTMLAnchorElement.charset
    Is a DOMString representing the character encoding of the linked resource.
    HTMLAnchorElement.coords
    Is a DOMString representing a comma-separated list of coordinates.
    HTMLAnchorElement.download
    Is a DOMString indicating that the linked resource is intended to be downloaded rather than displayed in the browser. The value represent the proposed name of the file. If the name is not a valid filename of the underlying OS, browser will adapt it. The value is a URL with a scheme like http:, file:, data: or even blob: (created with URL.createObjectURL).
    URLUtils.hash
    Is a DOMString representing the fragment identifier, including the leading hash mark ('#'), if any, in the referenced URL.
    URLUtils.host
    Is a DOMString representing the hostname and port (if it's not the default port) in the referenced URL.
    URLUtils.hostname
    Is a DOMString representing the hostname in the referenced URL.
    URLUtils.href
    Is a DOMString that reflects the href HTML attribute, containing a valid URL of a linked resource.
    HTMLAnchorElement.hreflang
    Is a DOMString that reflects the hreflang HTML attribute, indicating the language of the linked resource.
    HTMLAnchorElement.media
    Is a DOMString that reflects the media HTML attribute, indicating the intended media for the linked resource.
    HTMLAnchorElement.name
    Is a DOMString representing the anchor name.
    URLUtils.password
    Is a DOMString containing the password specified before the domain name.
    URLUtils.origin Read only
    Returns a DOMString containing the origin of the URL, that is its scheme, its domain and its port.
    URLUtils.pathname
    Is a DOMString representing the path name component, if any, of the referenced URL.
    URLUtils.port
    Is a DOMString representing the port component, if any, of the referenced URL.
    URLUtils.protocol
    Is a DOMString representing the protocol component, including trailing colon (':'), of the referenced URL.
    HTMLAnchorElement.rel
    Is a DOMString that reflects the rel HTML attribute, specifying the relationship of the target object to the linked object.
    HTMLAnchorElement.relList Read only
    Returns a DOMTokenList that reflects the rel HTML attribute, as a list of tokens.
    HTMLAnchorElement.rev
    Is a DOMString representing that the rev HTML attribute, specifying the relationship of the link object to the target object.
    URLUtils.search
    Is a DOMString representing tThe search element, including leading question mark ('?'), if any, of the referenced URL.
    HTMLAnchorElement.shape
    Is a DOMString representing the shape of the active area.
    HTMLAnchorElement.tabindex
    Is a long containing the position of the element in the tabbing navigation order for the current document.
    HTMLAnchorElement.target
    Is a DOMString that reflects the target HTML attribute, indicating where to display the linked resource.
    HTMLAnchorElement.text
    Is a DOMString being a synonym for the Node.textContent property.
    HTMLAnchorElement.type
    Is a DOMString that reflects the type HTML attribute, indicating the MIME type of the linked resource.
    URLUtils.username
    Is a DOMString containing the username specified before the domain name.

    Methods

    Inherits methods from its parent, HTMLElement, and implements those from URLUtils.

    HTMLElement.blur()
    Removes the  keyboard focus from the current element.
    HTMLElement.focus()
    Gives the keyboard focus to the current element.
    URLUtils.toString()
    Returns a DOMString containing the whole URL. It is a synonym for URLUtils.href, though it can't be used to modify the value.

    The blur() and focus() methods are inherited from HTMLElement from HTML5 on, but were defined on HTMLAnchorElement in DOM Level 2 HTML and earlier specifications.

    Specifications

    Specification Status Comment
    WHATWG HTML Living Standard
    The definition of 'HTMLAnchorElement' in that specification.
    Living Standard The following property has been added: download.
    Technically, the URL-related properties, media, host, hostname, pathname, port, protocol, search, and hash, have been moved to the URLUtils interface, and HTMLAreaElement implements this interface.
    HTML5
    The definition of 'HTMLAnchorElement' in that specification.
    Recommendation The methods blur() and focus(), as well as the properties tabindex and accessKey, are now defined on HTMLElement.
    The following properties are now obsolete: charset, coords, name, rev, and shape.
    The following properties have been added: hash, host, hostname, media, pathname, port, protocol, relList, search, and text.
    Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 HTML Specification
    The definition of 'HTMLAnchorElement' in that specification.
    Recommendation No change from Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1 Specification.
    Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1 Specification
    The definition of 'HTMLAnchorElement' in that specification.
    Recommendation Initial definition.

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
    Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
    download 14 20 ? 15 ?
    username, password, and origin ? 26.0 (26.0) ? ? ?
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1.0) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
    download ? ? ? ? ?
    username, password, and origin ? 26.0 (26.0) ? ? ?

    See also

    • The HTML element implementing this interface: <a>

    Document Tags and Contributors

    Last updated by: fscholz,
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