HTML Link tag

Example

Link to an external style sheet:
<head>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="theme.css" />
</head>


Definition and Usage

The <link> tag defines the relationship between a document and an external resource.
The <link> tag is most used to link to style sheets.

Browser Support

When used for style sheets, the <link> tag is supported in all major browsers. No real support for anything else.

Differences Between HTML and XHTML

In HTML the <link> tag has no end tag.
In XHTML the <link> tag must be properly closed.

Tips and Notes

Note: The link element must be embedded in the head section, and it can appear any number of times.


Optional Attributes

DTD indicates in which DTD the attribute is allowed. S=Strict, T=Transitional, and F=Frameset.

Attribute Value Description DTD
charset char_encoding Specifies the character encoding of the linked document STF
href URL Specifies the location of the linked document STF
hreflang language_code Specifies the language of the text in the linked document STF
media screen
tty
tv
projection
handheld
print
braille
aural
all
Specifies on what device the linked document will be displayed STF
rel alternate
appendix
bookmark
chapter
contents
copyright
glossary
help
home
index
next
prev
section
start
stylesheet
subsection
Specifies the relationship between the current document and the linked document STF
rev alternate
appendix
bookmark
chapter
contents
copyright
glossary
help
home
index
next
prev
section
start
stylesheet
subsection
Specifies the relationship between the linked document and the current document STF
target _blank
_self
_top
_parent
frame_name
Specifies where the linked document is loaded TF
type MIME_type Specifies the MIME type of the linked document STF

Standard Attributes

id, class, title, style, dir, lang, xml:lang

Event Attributes

onclick, ondblclick, onmousedown, onmouseup, onmouseover, onmousemove, onmouseout, onkeypress, onkeydown, onkeyup
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