target (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
No HTML 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 in the base element is almost certainly going to be used in the context of a frameset, where you want all links from a document in one frame to open in another named frame. You might also use it in the context of an iframe, where you wish all links from the “host” document (which contains the iframe) to open the destination of the links inside that floating frame (although this is a much less likely scenario than that outlined for frameset).

Example

Here, the base target is defined as a frame named "right":

<base href="http://lloydi.com" target="right"/>
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<p>
  I've published my <a href="/travel-writing/">holiday diaries</a>,
  including the <a href="/travel-writing/prague/2006/day2.html">
  crazy bone church at Kutna Hora</a>.
</p>

Value

Refer to the value section for target for all the values that can be included in the target, and their meanings and uses.

Compatibility

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

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