The most common destination anchor is a URL used in the World Wide Web. a webpage, or other resource, or to a position in a webpage.The latter is achieved by means of an HTML element with a "name" or "id" attribute at that position of the HTML document.A hyperlink points to a whole document or to a specific element within a document. The text that is linked from is called anchor text.A software system that is used for viewing and creating hypertext is a hypertext system, and to create a hyperlink is to hyperlink (or simply to link).Not only persons browsing the document follow hyperlinks.These hyperlinks may also be followed automatically by programs.

A link from one domain to another is said to be outbound from its source anchor and inbound to its target.A user following hyperlinks is said to navigate or browse the hypertext.The document containing a hyperlink is known as its source document.The effect of following a hyperlink may vary with the hypertext system and may sometimes depend on the link itself; for instance, on the World Wide Web most hyperlinks cause the target document to replace the document being displayed, but some are marked to cause the target document to open in a new window.Another possibility is transclusion, for which the link target is a document fragment that replaces the link anchor within the source document.