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What is a link?

A link or hyperlink is the reference to a specific website or specific content on a website. Originally, the term “link” was a reference in a document, which specified a quote or different sources. These links had to be searched for manually. Today, however, you can just open a hyperlink with the click of your mouse. The links we see in our browsers can provide other information as well, such as if the linked document will open in a new tab or browser window.

Link construction

A link is constructed as follows: <a href=“URL“>Link Title</a>. The URL is the address of the specific document. In addition, it is possible to rename the link title in order to specify a particular text. The name of the link is important for a variety of reasons. First, the length of the link is important as very long URLs will not usually be displayed. Secondly, the name of the link is important as it provides a preview to the document, text or web page being opened.  In addition, displaying a picture or video as a link can provide a preview and help guide users. In a browser, a link will be underlined and usually displayed in blue. This way, it is easy for anyone to quickly recognize a link.