I'm trying to figure out the correct URL syntax to open a web page at specified text, rather than at the top of the page. For example, on the page http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/, I would like the URL to open the page on the first line that contains the string "Version 8.3.1". What is the correct URL syntax to accomplish this?

Thank you!

  • Typical syntax would be http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/#version_8.3.1 where version_8.3.1 is an anchor defined in the page source, i.e. <a href="#version_8.3.1>...</a>. However, the page you reference does not seem to have any such anchors. – user4556274 Aug 17 '16 at 14:31
  • Are you the editor or the viewer? – CharlieRB Aug 17 '16 at 14:37
  • Thank you. I'm a user, trying to share the info with other users. So I suppose I am the viewer, in the terms you used. – Vibrant Life Aug 17 '16 at 16:07

You would have to use HTML anchors. Anchors can be linked to an HTML element ID. If I inspect the HTML around the "Version 8.3.1" string, there is a blockquote element with the ID FEBE8.3.1.

You can reference it by putting a # between the URI path and the ID:


Or in HTML:

<a href="http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/#FEBE8.3.1">test</a>

(tested on Firefox 48.0)

  • Thanks. How did you find the blockquote element, if I may trouble you just a bit further? – Vibrant Life Aug 17 '16 at 16:08
  • Just look through the HTML source of the page (CTRL+U in FF) or use the inspector in Firefox or Chrome (this tidies up the source a lot). If this answers your question, please mark it with the green check mark left of the post. – mtak Aug 18 '16 at 7:25

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