src (HTML attribute)

Depr. Version
No HTML 4.01
Browser support (more…)
IE8+ FF2 SA4+ OP10+ CH2+
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src="Source of frame contents"


The src attribute instructs the browser where on the server to look for the web page that should be presented to the user in the current frame. This may be a file in the same directory, a file somewhere else on the same server or a file held on another server.

The example shows a file in the same directory as the frameset that is calling it, but if the file was in a directory that is one level higher than the referencing frameset, the syntax would be:

 <frame src="../header.html" frameborder="1"
 name="nav" title="Navigation window"/>

../ equates to ‘move up one directory in the hierarchy’.

You can also reference a file relative to the web site’s root (anything after the domain name):

 <frame src="/header.html" frameborder="1"
 name="nav" title="Navigation window"/>


The src attribute loads "header.html" and "home.html" into their respective frames:

<frameset rows="100,*">
  <frame src="header.html" frameborder="1"
      name="nav" title="Navigation window"/>
  <frame src="home.html" frameborder="0"
      name="main" title="Main window"/>


The location of the file, relative to the referencing document, relative to the server root or as a complete URI containing the http:// protocol, the server name and the path to the document on that server.


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Every browser listed supports this attribute.

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