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Example

Specify a default URL and a default target for all links on a page:
<head>
<base href="http://www.w3schools.com/images/" />
<base target="_blank" />
</head>

<body>
<img src="stickman.gif" />
<a href="http://www.w3schools.com">W3Schools</a>
</body>

Definition and Usage

The <base> tag specifies a default address or a default target for all links on a page.

The <base> tag goes inside the head element.

Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari
The <base> tag is supported in all major browsers.

Differences Between HTML and XHTML

In HTML the <base> tag has no end tag.

In XHTML the <base> tag must be properly closed.

Attributes

DTD indicates in which HTML 4.01/XHTML 1.0 DTD the attribute is allowed. S=Strict, T=Transitional, and F=Frameset.

Attribute Value Description DTD
href URL Specifies a base URL for all relative URLs on a page STF
target _blank
_parent
_self
_top
framename
Specifies where to open all the links on a page TF


Standard Attributes

The <base> tag does not support any standard attributes.

Event Attributes

The <base> tag does not support any event attributes.
 

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