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Attribute

Last updated: May 7, 2012

What Does Attribute Mean?

In general, an attribute is a characteristic. In HTML, an attribute is a characteristic of a page element, such as font size or color. Attributes are used to amplify a tag. When a Web browser interprets an HTML tag, it will also look for its attributes so that it can display the Web page's elements properly.
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Techopedia Explains Attribute

Attributes provide additional information about HTML elements. For example, HTML links are defined by the a tag. The link address is specified in the "href" attribute. Note that HTML attributes are always enclosed in quotes.

HTML attributes have a few key characteristics:
  • Attributes provide more information about HTML elements
  • Attributes are always specified in the start tag
  • Attributes are presented in name/value pairs such as: name=value
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