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[Solved] Firefox Anchor Links

  • # February 17, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Long-time reader, first-time poster…

    I know this isn’t a CSS question, but it does relate to the use of IDs as anchor targets…

    I recently put together a one-page website, using anchor links. This works fine in all browsers, except Firefox (Mac and Windows).

    Having hunted around the web, I’ve tried setting:

    <a id="x" name="x"></a>

    … as my target – but that made no difference. As far as I knew, we just needed:

    <a id="x"></a>

    … these days.

    Does anyone have a quick solution for me?

    If you need to see the page in question, you’ll find it over at http://www.do-not-shop4usb.co.uk

    Many thanks in advance.

    # February 17, 2013 at 3:50 am

    I can’t think of any reason why but try changing the links from this format

    Who are shop4usb?

    to this one

    Who are shop4usb?

    # February 17, 2013 at 3:58 am

    If that doesn’t work try removing any hashes (#) from your ‘names’ and ‘IDs’.

    # February 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks Paulie – I had the links originally without the index.html in them – so I know that doesn’t make a difference, but will try removing the hashes to see if that makes a difference (doesn’t sound right though!)

    G.

    # February 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Hmmm – as I secretly suspected, that made the links lead to a page not found message… Any other suggestions?

    G.

    # February 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    believe it or not, Firefox may be correct here. All the section child divs are floating, so they’re taken out of the document flow. The target anchors have no content and nothing to size them, so they’re essentially 0 in height, as is the parent sections. So all the sections effectively stack up on the top of the page. Contain the floats and it will work (I’d use either overflow: hidden or clearfix on section).

    # February 18, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Thanks wolfcry911 – that makes sense in a way – if the top of each section is seen to be at the top of the screen, there would be no reason to jump down. Will have a look at the containing DIVs to see what can be done.

    # February 18, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Thanks wolfcry911 – your suggestion pointed me in the right direction… I added a display:inline-block attribute to each section within the page, and now the anchor links are working as they should in Firefox.

    # August 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Hola! This problem was absolutely infuriating me to no end. (although most coding problems do :)

    I am using FireFox 23.0.1 and unfortunately the display:inline fix above was insufficient as it broke other portions of the layout.

    Fortunately, I stumbled upon a JavaScript fix which successfully gets around the bug so thought I would share it too in hopes of getting a couple of fixes all in one place.

    I inserted the following into the HEAD of the HTML doc:

    <SCRIPT LANGUAGE=JavaScript>
    function now(){
        window.location.reload(true);
    }
    </SCRIPT>
    
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