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Using Anchors

Standard links take the user to the top of the destination page, but in some instances, you may want to link to a point further down the page you’re on, or to a particular spot on another page. An anchor’s a way of creating a more specific link. Thus to set up an anchor link involves two parts: placing the anchor itself, and establishing a link to it.

Placing Anchors

When you place an anchor, you determine the exact destination of a link. Since the browser jumps to the vertical line where the anchor is positioned, not to a particular word or horizontal point within the line, this system works best when you place anchors at the beginnings of lines, making them easy to locate. Multiple anchors on the same line are redundant and can be consolidated to a single anchor. When referencing a table, you may wish to place the anchor before the table and allow viewers to see the entire thing. You may use anchors to pinpoint a specific word or subject, as in a definition or description, or you may simply divide your page into sections and let the anchor reference the start of each section. The uses for anchors are endless.


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