Book Sale! Save 20% on WordPress books with discount code: SAVE20
Web Dev + WordPress + Security

The Friendliest Link Targets in the Neighborhood

[ Image: Fred Rogers with Shoe ] The target attribute for anchor elements (<a>) specifies the location in which the referenced document should load. For example, to open a link in a new window, we would use a target value of _blank. Although this is a commonly employed technique, the target attribute has been deprecated by the W3C and is not valid (X)HTML. Regardless, the target element remains a useful tool for practicing designers and developers. Here, we present the attribute values for the target element:

Attribute values for the target element

_blank
[ Syntax: target="_blank" ]
— instructs the user-agent to load the target document in a new window.
_replace
[ Syntax: target="_replace" ]
— instructs the user-agent to load the target document in a new window.
_self
[ Syntax: target="_self" ]
— instructs the user-agent to load the target document in the current frame or window.
null value
[ Syntax: target="" ]
— instructs the user-agent to load the target document in the current frame or window.
(no target specified)
[ Syntax: (no target specified) ]
— instructs the user-agent to load the target document in the current frame or window.
_parent
[ Syntax: target="_parent" ]
— instructs the user-agent to load the target document as the parental, or topmost, frameset or window.
_top
[ Syntax: target="_top" ]
— instructs the user-agent to load the target document in the topmost window or frameset.
custom
[ Syntax: target="custom" ]
— instructs the user-agent to load the target document in the frame identified as "custom" (i.e., id="custom").

R.I.P. Mr. Rogers
So long, neighbor.

Jeff Starr
About the Author
Jeff Starr = Fullstack Developer. Book Author. Teacher. Human Being.
USP Pro: Unlimited front-end forms for user-submitted posts and more.
Welcome
Perishable Press is operated by Jeff Starr, a professional web developer and book author with two decades of experience. Here you will find posts about web development, WordPress, security, and more »
WP Themes In Depth: Deep dive into WP theme development.
Thoughts
Our neighbor just lets their little rat dog bark incessantly 24/7. Endless barking for the whole neighborhood.
Loving Waterfox, my new favorite browser for general surfing and playing on teh Web.
Avoiding Amazon until they stop forcing 2-factor authentication. Frustrating waste of time. Make it optional imbeciles.
Today my trusty scanner died. Not going to replace it. And when my printer finally dies, I'm not going to replace that either.
Spent about a week or so away from screens and media as much as possible. Helps to regain perspective.
Celebrating 8 years providing premium WordPress plugins at Plugin Planet!
Power is *not* relying on a 3rd-party service to handle your email.
Newsletter
Get news, updates, deals & tips via email.
Email kept private. Easy unsubscribe anytime.