The <a> element

You use the HTML <a> element to make links between pages. (That is its most important use; there are others which we'll see later.)

The <a> element officially stands for anchor. In the context of a link, you are setting a destination anchor; but you may want to think of this element as making text active and clickable.

Here's the model for linking to another web page (either on your site or someone else's):

<a href="destination_url">Clickable Text</a>

The first tag turns on clickable text, with the destination being the hypertext reference (href) that you specify between the quotes. The words Clickable Text will be come active and clickable, and will appear blue and underlined. And, of course, the closing </a> tag turns off active text.

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