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HTML rel Attribute

Definition and Usage

The rel attribute specifies the relationship between the current document and the linked document/resource.

Applies to

The rel attribute can be used on the following elements:

Elements Attribute
<a> rel
<area> rel
<link> rel
<form> rel


A Example

A link with a rel attribute:

<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.functravel.com/">Cheap Flights</a>
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Area Example

An image map, with a clickable area:

<img src="planets.gif" width="145" height="126" alt="Planets" usemap="#planetmap">

<map name="planetmap">
  <area shape="rect" coords="0,0,82,126" alt="Sun"
href="sun.htm" rel="alternate">
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Link Example

An external stylesheet:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="theme.css">
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Browser Support

The rel attribute has the following browser support for each element:

a Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
area Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
form  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
link Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes