HTML DOM Anchor Object


The Anchor object represents an HTML a element (a hyperlink)


Anchor Object

The Anchor object represents an HTML a element (a hyperlink).

For each instance of an HTML <a> tag in a document, an Anchor object is created.

An anchor can be used in two ways:

  1. To create a link to another document by using the href attribute
  2. To create a bookmark inside a document, by using the name attribute

All Anchor objects in a document can be found in the Document object's anchors array.

The Anchor object's properties and methods are described below:

N: Netscape (including Mozilla when N6 or higher), IE: Internet Explorer, W3C: World Wide Web Consortium (Internet Standard)

Properties

Syntax: object.property_name

Property Description N IE  W3C
accessKey Sets or returns the keyboard key to access the hyperlink 6 5 Yes
charset Sets or returns the character set of the linked resource 6 6 Yes
coords Sets or retrieves a comma-separated list with coordinates, defining an active region geometry 6 6 Yes
href Sets or returns the URL of the linked resource 6 5 Yes
hreflang Sets or returns the language code of the linked resource 6 6 Yes
id Sets or returns the id of the hyperlink (In IE 4 this property is read-only) กก 4 No
name Sets or returns the name of the hyperlink 4 4 Yes
rel Sets or returns the relationship between the current document and the target URL 6 5 Yes
rev Sets or returns the relationship between the current document and the target URL 6 5 Yes
shape Sets or returns the active area. Coordinates are given by coords 6 6 Yes
tabIndex Sets or returns the index that defines the tab order for the hyperlink 6 5 Yes
target Sets or returns the window/frame where to open the target URL 6 5 Yes
type Sets or returns the MIME type of the linked resource 6 6 Yes

Methods

Syntax: object.method_name()

Method Description N IE W3C
blur() Removes focus from the link 6 5 Yes
focus() Gives focus to the link 6 5 Yes

Events

Syntax: object.event_name="someJavaScriptCode"

Event Description N IE W3C
onBlur Executes some code when the link loses focus 2 3 กก
onFocus Executes some code when the link gets focus 2 3 กก