Today I wanted to send a link to a specific location in this web page. If you're curious, go to the link and search in the page for "square bracket notation". Unfortunately, the web page does not identify that section in the source. Is there any way to do this with today's modern browsers (Firefox, Opera, Safari)?

What I'm looking for is something like SVG Fragment Identifiers where you can use XPointer syntax in the URL to navigate to a specific section of a document. Before I spend time learning XPointer syntax, can anyone tell me if any HTML browsers support it as fragments in the URLs?

Another option is to link to a cached page from a specific Google Search, but it still requires the user to scroll down to the highlighted section. It's a shame that Google doesn't insert specific anchors into the web page for this very purpose. It might make some web authors angry that Google mucks about with their source, but this is a case where I don't mind - authors should learn to properly identify portions of their documents. This becomes increasingly important for mobile devices with those smaller screens.

§397 · October 9, 2007 · Google, Questions, Software, Technology, Web · · [Print]

1 Comment to “Linking To An Arbitrary Section Of A Web Page”

  1. It might be that Mozilla had at some point some support or still has, but I never managed to get it to work.