Href (Linking Mechanism)


Provides an address or identifier that permits an XLink application to find a remote resource, for example, a URI (such as a URL or filename), to link to an online site associated with the author or the online definition of a term


Of the many linking attributes that may be used, Href (Linking Mechanism) is the most important, since it provides the link. The attribute is required for those elements which must link, and it is optional on other elements only in the sense that an element need not link. If an element links, this attribute is required.

Attribute Values

In Element

<annotation> Annotation
Value Meaning Behavior
Text, numbers, or special characters A pointer (which may be a URL) to a resource Can be used to make this element a live link to a related site
Restriction: This attribute may be specified if the element is used.