target (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
Yes HTML 3.2
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
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Syntax

target=" { _blank | frame name | _parent | _self | _top } "

Description

The target attribute is deprecated and its use as a layout mechanism, like that of frameset, is no longer common. However, if you do find yourself having to maintain a frameset-based web site, you may need to open links defined in area elements in frames or windows other than the one in which the image map resides.

Example

The target attribute for this area is set to "_top":

<map name="bigthings" id="bigthings">
  <area shape="rect" coords="35,4,205,108" target="_top"
      href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia's_Big_Things"
      alt="Australia's Big Things (on Wikipedia)"/>
  ⋮
</map>
<p><img src="giant-prawn.jpg" alt="The Giant Prawn at Ballina"
border="0" usemap="#bigthings"/></p>

Value

This attribute can take the following values:

"_blank"
sends the results to a completely new window
"frame name"
sends the results to a frame with a custom name
"_parent"
sends the results to the parent frameset for the current frame
"_self"
displays the form’s submission results in the same frame (This attribute isn’t normally required, as this is the default behavior unless the base element specifies otherwise. In that case, you’d need to override the specification using "_self", for example <base target="searchresults" />.)
"_top"
sends the results to the absolute top-level frameset (in effect, the whole browser window), no matter how many nested levels down the current frame is located

Compatibility

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It causes no compatibility issues, and has excellent support across all tested browsers.

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