It isn’t very clear, is it? Techies often have difficulty explaining to others what to them seems obvious.
Computers are now so sophisticated that you can talk to some, but it wasn’t always that way. For many years computers would only accept 1’s and 0’s and a few dozen written commands. As time went by, computers and computer languages became more sophisticated. But they still were an odd mix of what looked like language and just plain machine talk.
HREF is a good example. It’s not English, but a computer word someone made up. Programmers make up all kinds of unintuitive words for a simple command, and this is one. HREF is short for “Hypertext Reference” — which more or less makes sense if you already know what it means! Lol.
All it means in human-speak is: The text that follows in quotation marks is another Web page. For the user, on that Web page, what appears is a clickable link. To the computer, it’s just a pointer to go look someplace.
In the example in the URL below, one HREF command is to a web page that is on the same site, whereas the other needs to be more fully described, because it’s on a computer somewhere else.
Of course, you might be asking yourself why the designers of the programming language couldn’t just call this command something like: “Go_To_Another_Page_If_Clicked”. But that doesn’t appeal to the programmer mentality: Programmers often brag about “saving a few keystrokes”. And they like creating bizarre, cryptic code as a sort of special club to exclude people who aren’t techy. (Trust me, I’ve managed dozens of programmers like this.)
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