Anchors - Mediawiki

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It is possible 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.

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:

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

Index-style anchors

If anchor names have multiple components, it is useful to put the most significant component first, e.g. if anchors indicate months or dates, we could have the format YYYY-MM, or YYYY-MM-DD, or in a year page MM-DD (see also [1]), with leading zeros (see also [2]). This applies also for page names, but since these are highly visible, as opposed to anchors, other considerations play a role too. In the case of sections, if for link targets another naming scheme is desired than for display of section headings, explicitly put anchors instead of using section names.

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.