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Why does onclick event not cancel href navigation?

BOIT asked
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
As far as I understand the HTML code:

    <a onclick="return confirm('Are you sure?');" href="http://news.bbc.co.uk">BBC</a>

should produce a HTML page with a single link that if clicked asks "Are you sure" and then if you press Cancel the link will not fire. However, it goes to the link whether I press OK or Cancel.

Why does it do this and how can I get the click to cancel?
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