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The SVGAElement interface provides access to the properties of <a> element, as well as methods to manipulate them.


This interface also inherits properties from its parent, SVGGraphicsElement, and implements properties from SVGURIReference and HTMLHyperlinkElementUtils.

SVGAElement.target Read only
It corresponds to the target attribute of the given element.


This interface has no methods but inherits methods from its parent, SVGGraphicsElement.


In the example below, the target attribute of the <a> element is set to _blank and when the link is clicked, it logs to notify whether the condition is met or not.

var linkRef = document.querySelector("a"); 
linkRef.target = "_self"; 

linkRef.onclick = function(){
  if (linkRef.target === "_blank") {
    linkRef.target = "_self";
  } else {
    console.log("SORRY! not _blank");


Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2 Candidate Recommendation Replaced inheritance from SVGElement by SVGGraphicsElement and removed the interface implementations of SVGTests, SVGLangSpace, SVGExternalResourcesRequired, SVGStylable, and SVGTransformable by HTMLHyperlinkElementUtils
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition) Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes9 Yes Yes
target Yes Yes Yes9 Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
target ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?

See also

  • SVG <a> element

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