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RE: Links to anchor points in separate documents


From: julian.rickards@ndm.gov.on.ca
Date: May 19, 2004 6:41AM

I use this technique on a client's web site (a college of a small
university) where I link from the current course schedule to the course
descriptions which exist on a long page. Of course, if you are linking to a
page "controlled" by someone else (as I have done in linking to related
courses in another college of the same university), they may change the page
and break the link.

Julian Rickards
Digital Publications Distribution Coordinator
Publications Services Section
Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Phone: (705) 670-5608
Fax: (705) 670-5690

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Bohman [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 4:34 PM
> Subject: Re: Links to anchor points in separate documents
> Ben Lobo asked:
> Does anyone know if there are any 'official' reasons not to link to
> named anchors points in separate documents?
> My response:
> As with many accessibility questions, this is largely a
> usability issue
> for which the real answer is "it depends."
> In the case of some long technical documents, it would be
> cruel to NOT
> link to the anchors in the document if your intention is to
> reference a
> specific part of the document. Not providing a link would
> force the user
> to search for the information in the page.
> In the case of short Web pages, linking to an anchor could very well
> result in more disorientation than is justifiable.
> It makes sense to take the circumstances into account when deciding
> whether or not to link to an anchor on another page.
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