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January 19, 2005
Quote of the Day
When you flirt with death, you run the risk that death has something more serious in mind.

James Taranto, in today's Best of the Web, the item headlined "The Jerk That Flirts With Death."

[Hey, Jimmy — ever heard of the HTML <a name="..."></a> tag? Highly recommended.]

Posted by Russ at 07:41 PM, January 19, 2005 in Quotes

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Okay, I'll ask the stupid question - what does that tag do?

Posted by: Ith at January 20, 2005 07:46 PM

The "a name" tag - commonly called an "anchor" - lets you link to a particular part of a web page. For instance, if you go to


[which happens to be one of the many tech docs I've written in my career] you'll see a table of contents at the top. Each of the links there is "anchored" to a spot lower down in the page. So if you click on "Dialer Profiles" it takes you down the page to


That means <a name="topic3"></a> is embedded in the HTML right where the author [me :-)] wanted you to go.

Not only is it useful for tables of contents, but it's very handy for permalinking to a particular section of a page. That's why I wish Taranto would add anchors to the BOTW page - so people can link straight to the item in question instead of having to tell people to go to the page and then scroll down.

Posted by: Russ at January 20, 2005 08:08 PM