I believe the following SO tags should be merged as they all mean the same thing: .


This is a technicality, but a <link> tag is distinct from a hyperlink, which refers to the <a> tag, so they shouldn't really be merged in my opinion. The href attribute is shared by both of these, so I guess having this tag around isn't necessary.

  • That is a good argument for merging into link rather than hyperlink, but not for preventing the merge. All hyperlinks are links, but not all links are hyperlinks. That being said, a hyperlink is nowhere near unique enough to warrant a separate tag from general links. Edit: According to Wikipedia, they are synonyms. – animuson Dec 5 '12 at 6:21
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    @animuson The usage of <link> tags is significantly different from the usage of hyperlinks. One is used to load resources, while the other is used to provide an interface for navigation. The words link and hyperlink are synonyms in common usage, but they refer to different concepts in HTML, which is why they deserve separate tags. What Wikipedia or OED have to say about it is not very relevant. – Asad Saeeduddin Dec 5 '12 at 7:02
  • Really, they're not that different. A <link> is still just a link to an external page, and the relation specified on it tells the browser what that page is. The only really difference is that a <link> goes in the header to make semantic sense because it wouldn't make sense to define it in the body of the page, whereas an anchor link has a different semantic meaning and is used inline with the text of the page. That's the only difference -- semantics. They really aren't different enough to warrant separate tags. – animuson Dec 5 '12 at 7:11
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    @animuson Yes, but my point is that their usage is significantly different. Technically img tags, script tags etc. are all just links too, but we wouldn't want a link or hyperlink tag on questions pertaining to those. – Asad Saeeduddin Dec 5 '12 at 7:19

is referring to the href attribute of a <a> tag. We could debate about the need of having that tag, but it's not a synonym of the other tags.
Tag synonyms are created when two tags with the same meaning are used; they are also created when there are users who keep typoing a tag, for example writing instead of .

, and are synonym, and they should be merged.
I would keep , and make the other one its synonym, but also doing the opposite would be fine with me.

  • I can see the point, however, if I see href I think link or hyperlink. When you read the tag wiki for href it is all about hyperlinks. As for the difference between Hyperlink and Link I agree with you either is fine and I personally do not have a preference either way. – L84 Dec 5 '12 at 4:58
  • The fact one tag makes you think to the other one doesn't mean they are synonym. – kiamlaluno Dec 5 '12 at 5:19
  • I would say that href is an adequate synonym. An anchor with a href attribute is a link by definition, so tagging a question with html and hyperlink would imply the use of an anchor with a href attribute perfectly fine. – animuson Dec 5 '12 at 5:47
  • A <link> isn't necessarily a hyperlink (<a>), even though both utilize the href attribute. – Asad Saeeduddin Dec 5 '12 at 5:59
  • I don't think "synonym" has to be the English dictionary meaning and not a Stack Exchange specific meaning. And even if you do want to force it to be so strict, then "link" technically has many more meanings that "hyperlink" doesn't have. You can't have it both ways. Either merge things which "mean the same thing for this site by what is tagged and/or what the wiki says" or "merge by exact English definition of synonym", but merging at some hard to pinpoint arbitrary place between just is going to be inconsistent and an exercise in futility. – hippietrail Dec 5 '12 at 6:09
  • @hippietrail Synonym doesn't mean "is part of." href is an attribute for a link, but it's not a synonym of link. Link is a short for hyperlink. The tag wiki for links says, "A hyperlink is a reference to a document or a part of a document that can be followed automatically." What is arbitrary? – kiamlaluno Dec 5 '12 at 7:47

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