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January 17th, 2003

A Long-Missing Browser Feature

If you’ve done a little HTML, you know how you can use <a href=”page.html#anchor”> to link to a specific section of another page that contains <a name=”anchor”> code. It’s usually used on long pages to allow someone to link to a specific area in the middle of the page. But what happens when the link points to something at the bottom of the page? Often, if there are several small sections, the link doesn’t actually focus the browser where the web developer intended, because the browser scrolls far enough that the text hits the bottom of the window, but no further.

So, why don’t browser developers change the code so that if a specific anchor within a page is called, that it is automatically at the top of the browser window, and whitespace is added to the bottom of the page as necessary? This whitespace wouldn’t exist if one were to scroll to the bottom of a page, only if a link of this sort made it possible.

Is this thing on?

Posted in Technology

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday January 17, 2003 -- 9:53:01 am
I concur. Let's just add in an "end of page" marker at the bottom, and then make that whitespace the background color the user has selected.

DATE: Sunday January 19, 2003 -- 3:11:56 am
That feature would not be related to
web browsers but to html itself. Is the html definition that should state that an anchor will always be presented on top of the web browser. However, that is not necesary, since that behavior can be implemented by the html developer, for instance, by adding an empty table at the end of the page.
Nothing can be completely fool proof, because fools will always find a way to break it up.

FROM: Glenn
DATE: Thursday June 26, 2003 -- 1:40:54 pm
I want to find a way where I can ping servers on our intranet when page is accessed in IE and have it display their names and IP's.


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