How do I links to the relevant sections of internet pages? 
Posted: 04 October 2011 06:13 AM   [ Ignore ]
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This will be fairly basic to most but how do I use the link function to direct right to the relevant part of a page rather then the whole thing which leads to unnecessary scrolling by readers?
(Faldage does it effortlessly here.)

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Posted: 04 October 2011 06:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The page you’re linking to has to have named anchors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleonasm#Semantic_pleonasm

In this case, the section of the page linked to is named “Semantic_pleonasm” and is designated with the hash mark #.

In the case of Wikipedia, it’s easy to pick up the anchor names by using the menu at the top of the page to navigate to the section you want to link to. That will automatically load the full URL into your address box.

If the page you’re linking to doesn’t have named sections, you’re sunk.

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Posted: 05 October 2011 02:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Sometimes a page has the named sections but doesn’t advertise the fact.  In that case either forget it, link to the whole page and tell us how far down to scroll or view the page source.  The latter choice is usually available in the toolbar of your browser.  It’s also, usually a lot of trouble.

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Posted: 13 November 2011 03:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thanks to both of you, greatly appreciated.

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Posted: 13 November 2011 05:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Faldage - 05 October 2011 02:22 AM

Sometimes a page has the named sections but doesn’t advertise the fact.  In that case either forget it, link to the whole page and tell us how far down to scroll or view the page source.  The latter choice is usually available in the toolbar of your browser.  It’s also, usually a lot of trouble.

OK, I admit it.  This one could have really used an Oxford comma.

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Posted: 14 November 2011 04:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Maybe it could borrow that needless comma in the last sentence…

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Posted: 14 November 2011 04:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Or either the ghost of the missing one.

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Posted: 14 November 2011 04:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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In that case, either {forget it},{link to the whole page and tell us how far down to scroll} or {view the page source}.

It’s not pretty but there’s be little room for confusion.

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Posted: 14 November 2011 05:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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BTW, it there a proper term for “curly brackets”?

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Posted: 14 November 2011 05:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I’m not sure if it’s “proper,” but they’re often called braces.

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Posted: 14 November 2011 08:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Unicode calls them “curly brackets”, which is proper enough for me.

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Posted: 14 November 2011 09:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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The Wikipedia article on Brackets has a whole host of names for the curly type:

{ } — curly brackets, definite brackets, swirly brackets, curly braces, birdie brackets, Scottish brackets, squirrelly brackets, braces, gullwings, fancy brackets, or squiggly brackets

As with Doc, curly brackets works fine for me.

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Posted: 14 November 2011 02:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Good to know.

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