How to use href links inside option tag in HTML

This answer is a direct answer to a direct question, but I don’t advocate this method for public facing web sites.

I guess it’s a question of semantics. I’d rather my users navigate using <a> and kept <select> for making form selections because HTML elements have semantic meeting and they have a purpose, anchors take you places, <select> are for picking things from lists.

Consider, if you are viewing a page with a non-traditional browser (a non graphical browser or screen reader or the page is accessed programmatically, or JavaScript is disabled) what then is the “meaning” or the “intent” of this <select> you have used for navigation? It is saying “please pick a page name” and not a lot else, certainly nothing about navigating. The easy response to this is well i know that my users will be using IE or whatever so shrug but this kinda misses the point of semantic importance.

Whereas a funky drop-down UI element made of suitable layout elements (and some js) containing some regular anchors still retains it intent even if the layout element is lost, “these are a bunch of links, select one and we will navigate there”.

<select name="forma" onchange="location = this.value;">
 <option value="Home.php">Home</option>
 <option value="Contact.php">Contact</option>
 <option value="Sitemap.php">Sitemap</option>