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Internal links in long pages

Introduction and FPExpress terminology:
Bookmarking sections of a page:
Linking to bookmarked sections:
Linking to sections from outside the page:

Introduction and FrontPage Express terminology

Longer pages can be broken down into sections with links to each section from a toolbar or contents list at the top of the page. A link can be provided in each section to return to the top of the page. The advantages of this are:

To make links within a page, we need to be able name sections of the page. Links can then point to the named sections. The HTML for naming a heading within a Web page is:


<A NAME="item1"><H2>Heading text</H2></A>


This mark-up associates the name 'item1' with the Heading Text in the page. The name is not visible to readers (unless they read the source code). Names can have spaces and be as long as you like. Some people use names like 'item 1', 'item 2' and so on, others use words which are meaningful in the context of the page.

To make a contents list at the top of the page linking to named sections below each with a return link to the contents list, we must:

MS FrontPage Express uses a somewhat novel terminology:


Facility for listing the titles of Web pages you have visited, provided in most browsers

Naming a section of a Web page to allow links within the page

FrontPage Express



Everyone else

Bookmarks, hotlist

Anchor, name, named anchor, target


In everything which follows on this page, we will use the FrontPage Express terminology.

Bookmarking sections of a page

Suppose you have a page with a series of subsections, each with a heading. If this page is loaded into FrontPage Express, you can bookmark each section of the page as follows:


You will notice that the text you highlighted will now have a dashed underline in link colours. This is only visible in FrontPage itself, not in Web browsers.

Linking to bookmarked sections

Assuming you still have the page loaded into MS FrontPage Express, and that you have bookmarked all the sections in the page, you can build a set of links by

Select required bookmark

To provide the return links, you should

Linking to sections from outside the page

Suppose you had a Web page called stuff.htm on a server with address, and suppose the page stuff.htm had a section bookmarked as section2. I can address this one section of one page using the URL

The # character is used by convention to indicate the end of the file extension and the beginning of the bookmark phrase.

You can link to a section of another page in your own site by

Linking to a section within another page can be useful for glossaries and so on, however