In 2007 I was building a large content site which had very long pages. The client wanted to put each section of the article on a different page to keep each of the pages short, and before you ask no, it wasn’t a news site that just wanted more ad impressions. The reason behind it was they wanted an index/contents list of headings on the article to showcase what the page was about and allow the reader to get straight to sections when the wanted to. This article looks at methods like this for anchor links and to see if they still have a place in todays modern world of different devices.
In-page links (also referred to as anchor links or jump links) are links that lead users to content on the same web page, rather than to another page of the site. In the past, the user-experience recommendation has been to avoid these types of links. The use of in-page links has increased in the past few years of web design, making a deeper evaluation of the pros and cons of this design element worthwhile.An excerpt from Anchors OK? Re-Assessing In-Page Links