November 5, 2022
Google Chrome page section anchor links

Google is Experimenting with Sharing Anchor Links so People can Immediately Go to Specific Sections of Pages

Google Chrome page section anchor links would make it possible to go right to specific spots on pages, if the website supports the function…

Page anchors are a familiar function on the web. Simply click a link on a page and it immediately goes right to the relevant portion. These are most common on sites like Wikipedia, where users can easily find what they’re looking for.

It appears Google is in the midst of experimenting with this tool. And, if added, would give people the ability to go directly to a specific phrase or sentence.

Google Chrome Page Section Anchor Links Spotted in Latest Canary Build

Everyone’s felt the frustration of getting an email or message containing a link to a page, only to be left hunting for what’s most important. If the latest Google test proves successful, that could soon be mostly an aggravation of the past.

A recent Google Gerrit commit reveals a new flag, “enable-text-fragment-anchor.” Furthermore, Chrome engineer David Bokan explains:

“To enable users to easily navigate to specific content in a web page, we propose adding support for specifying a text snippet in the URL fragment. When navigating to a URL with such a fragment, the browser will find the first instance of the text snippet in the page and bring it into view.”

Chrome Story reports the function is already live in Canary but there’s no user option for it, yet.

As with all tests, this might or might not make its way out to wide, stable release. The biggest challenge is it could cause Chrome to break sites which use anchors to store data.

Owen E. Richason IV

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