This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
It's not a redirect either (which also makes sense only in the context of a server). Setting the href property replaces the current page with a different one, which leads to an HTTP request being sent to the server.