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  • Linking to a certain section of another page...bug?

    I know how this is accomplished...

    <a href="http://blah.com/page2.html#section2"><a>

    on page2.html...

    <h2 id="section2"></h2>

    It works fine when I put the id on a header element, but if I try to put it on a div it doesn't work. Is this normal? I noticed it works in IE7, but not Firefox or Safari.

  • #2
    You should be targeting a named anchor, not an id:

    <a href="http://blah.com/page2.html#section2"><a>

    on page2.html...

    <a name="section2"><a><h2 id="section2"></h2>


    Digi
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    • #3
      Originally posted by digizan View Post
      You should be targeting a named anchor, not an id:

      <a href="http://blah.com/page2.html#section2"><a>

      on page2.html...

      <a name="section2"><a><h2 id="section2"></h2>


      Digi

      seems a little weird to put a blank anchor tag doesn't it?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MikeTheVike View Post
        seems a little weird to put a blank anchor tag doesn't it?
        Not to me it doesn't. ;-)

        You could wrap your anchor around the text of your heading:

        <h2 id="section2"><a name="section2">Foo<a></h2>

        But then you're probably going to have to add more CSS to stop the heading from looking like a link.

        Digi
        The world is divided into people who think they are right.
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        • #5
          Okay, I've been up all night finishing a web site and my brain is toast right now.

          This should work:

          <h2 id="section2" name="section2">Foo</h2>

          Digi
          The world is divided into people who think they are right.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by digizan View Post
            Okay, I've been up all night finishing a web site and my brain is toast right now.

            This should work:

            <h2 id="section2" name="section2">Foo</h2>

            Digi

            yea, it actually works with just the "id", the "name" isn't necessary. I was just wondering why it wasn't working on a div because it would make my heading a little more visible if the page jumped to the top of my div instead of the heading.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MikeTheVike View Post
              yea, it actually works with just the "id", the "name" isn't necessary. I was just wondering why it wasn't working on a div because it would make my heading a little more visible if the page jumped to the top of my div instead of the heading.
              Yeah, now that I've gotten a couple of hours of sleep it's clear what you were asking. I should know better than to post on the forums when I'm dead tired like that.

              Anyway, I created a test page and have no problem jumping to a div using an id in either FF or Safari. Maybe you're overlooking something?

              Digi
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