Anchors - Mediawiki

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Anchors allow you to link to a specific portion of a page.

Setting anchors

Automatic anchors

Section headings automatically act as anchors, with the heading text as the "anchor_name". In the case of multiple sections with identical headings, the anchor name of each has "_2", "_3", etc. appended, starting from the second occurrence.

Using the {{anchor}} template

  1. set your anchor anywhere in the page by using

Manual anchors

Manually-set anchors are useful for linking to "unlinkable" things like a table (title or cell), a section of plain text, etc. There are a number of ways to set an anchor at an arbitrary position:

  • Generic anchor: <span id="anchor_name">some text</span>. For a hidden anchor, omit the text.
  • On some wikis, a template called "anchor" exists, providing a simple, standardized method for that wiki. The Self Study wiki does use Template:Anchor.

Referencing anchors

Inside a regular wiki link [[page#anchor_name|shows_as]], include the hash sign (#) and the header name or the id tag name as you have written it.

Links of the form [[#anchor_name]] will link to the first anchor on the page matching that "anchor_name", usually the first identical section heading.

See also