The Java EE 5 Tutorial

Rendering a Hyperlink with the outputLink Tag

The outputLink tag is used to render a hyperlink that, when clicked, loads another page but does not generate an action event. You should use this tag instead of the commandLink tag if you always want the URL (specified by the outputLink tag’s value attribute) to open and do not have to perform any processing when the user clicks on the link. The Duke’s Bookstore application does not utilize this tag, but here is an example of it:

<h:outputLink value="javadocs">
    Documentation for this demo

The text in the body of the outputLink tag identifies the text the user clicks to get to the next page.