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(n.) An area (span, region, or button) in the content of a hypertext node that can serve as either the source or the destination of a hypertext link. The source anchor could be a word, phrase, image, or possibly the entire node. The destination anchor could be a node or a location within the node. Activating a source anchor by clicking on it causes the link to be followed and the anchor at the opposite end of the link to be displayed. Anchors are typically colored or highlighted in some way to make them stand out from the text around them. In HTML, anchors are created with the construct. The opening “A” tag of a source anchor has a hypertext reference (HREF) attribute giving the destination in the form of a URL or page. It is followed by the text that serves as the hypertext link in the referring document.