I am unclear if an anchor tag should come before a query string or after.




Or does it matter?

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    Test it. Only one of them works, so it does matter. When I tried anchor first then it thinks the ? is part of the "#" fragment and thus doesn't hop to the right anchor (since there isn't one that has ? in its name...) and probably wouldn't include any info if I checked for the query string in PHP. The last one I haven't tested.
    – Julix
    Sep 21, 2017 at 17:10

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Best practice is to append the named anchor at the end. The technical name is a fragment identifier, and the syntax is in RFC 3986.

The RFC section is here: https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc3986#section-4.1

relative-ref = relative-part [ "?" query ] [ "#" fragment ]

Wikipedia actually covers it well:

The fragment identifier introduced by a hash mark # is the optional last part of a URL for a document

  • Cheers @iivel! Section 3 was more helpful for me (section-4.1 seems specific to relative URIs) as I debated this with someone.
    – eebbesen
    May 19, 2015 at 19:03
  • What about webserver, does it need to handle it during serving page ?
    – Behrouz.M
    May 17, 2016 at 12:12
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    @raypixar URL fragments are not sent to the server Jul 7, 2016 at 17:36

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