A Element

Obsolete. Defines a hypertext link for an element.


    HREF = "url"/>


Required. String value specifying the URL associated with the parent element.
Note  Obsolete. Channel Definition Format (CDF) supports only HTTP, Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTPS), and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) protocols. If a different protocol is used, Windows Internet Explorer will fail to navigate to the page without notifying the user.

Element Information

Parent elements CHANNEL, ITEM
Child elements None
Minimum availability Internet Explorer 4.0
Minimum operating systems Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0


Internet Explorer 7. The CDF (Channel Definition Format) is obsolete and should not be used.

The URL specified in the HREF attribute will be displayed in the browser channel pane if the TITLE element is not present.

The HREF attribute of the parent element must be omitted when using the A element. To a CDF client, including the A element is functionally equivalent to using the HREF attribute with the parent element and omitting the A element.


The following example uses the A element to define a hypertext link. The A element is nested inside an ITEM element. Note the absence of an HREF attribute within the ITEM tag.

    <A HREF="http://www.joyware.tld/george.htm">Link to George page</A>

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