Internal jump marks

Prepare to explore the world of internal jump marks – the secret helpers of website navigation. These small but powerful shortcuts allow you to jump directly to the information you’re looking for and offer a new dimension of usability and efficiency in the online experience.

You want to understand what exactly is meant by an internal jump mark?
You want to know more about the differences of internal jump marks?
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You want to learn how to use jumpmarks optimally and which mistakes should be avoided?

What exactly do we mean by an internal jump mark?

A jump label, also called an anchor link, is a concept in web design and HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). They make it possible to link directly to specific sections or elements within a web page without having to reload the entire page.

Example view of an internal jump marker
Screenshot 1: Example view of an internal jump marker

In this example, the term “anchor” (marked in blue) is deposited with an anchor link. When clicked, the page jumps to the respective text section in which a link has been deposited. In this example, the mark leads to the anchor paragraph.

How can the differences of internal jump marks be explained in more detail?

Internal jump marks are distinguished from other navigation mechanisms by five fundamental differences.

  1. They allow users to find targeted information within the same webpage quickly and easily.
  2. Unlike external links, which take the user to other websites, internal jump marks point to different sections within the same page.
  3. These links are usually placed in the content area of a webpage, which can make navigation much easier, especially with extensive texts or large content.
  4. Internal jump marks use hash links, such as #section, to refer specifically to certain areas of the current page. In contrast, external links use complete URLs.
  5. The use of them leads to an improved user experience, as they enable quick navigation and the targeted retrieval of relevant information without having to reload the page.

Compared to other elements, internal jump marks can be distinguished as follows:

Other elementsWhile internal jump marks…
External links lead to other websites,…lead to sections of the same web page.
Navigation menus are lists of links for navigating between different pages of a website,… facilitate scrolling within the same page.
Anchors in texts can refer to other websites or resources,… enable scrolling to specific sections within a web page.
Tab menus organise content into tabs for different views,… provide users with direct access to specific information.
Links to external resources such as images or PDFs are links to files outside the page,… focus on content within the same website.

Table 1: Differentiation of internal jump marks

How do you set a jump mark with HTML?

To set an anchor in HTML, you use the <a> element with the href attribute and a unique anchor identifier. Here is the basic HTML code to set an anchor:

HTML code for jump labels
Screenshot 2: HTML code for jump labels

The href value should start with a # followed by the unique ID of the element you want to link to (the “anchor”). Here is an example of how to create an internal anchor in an HTML document:

HTML code for jump labels
Screenshot 3: HTML code for jump labels

In this example, an anchor is created from a text in the first paragraph to a section with the heading 2. Note that the id of the section (<h2>) corresponds to the anchor in the link as #anker-paragraph.

When you click on the link, the page scrolls to the linked section with heading 2 (anchor paragraph) so that the linked content is visible.

Make sure the id of the target section is unique to avoid conflicts and use it in the href attribute of the link to set the anchor.

What is the best way to use internal jump marks and what mistakes should be avoided?

The optimal use of jump labels requires careful consideration of user experience, page structure and SEO best practices. Here are some recommendations on how best to use jump labels and which mistakes should be avoided:

Best practices for inserting jump labels

  1. Useful sectioning: Divide your content into clear, well-structured sections. Each section should cover separate information or topics.
  2. Meaningful anchor text: Use descriptive and relevant names for the anchor text or id attribute. This makes it immediately clear to users and search engines where the link leads.
  3. Clear menu navigation: If you use a drop-down menu or similar navigation for the jump labels, make it clear and user-friendly.
  4. Mobile optimisation: Make sure that jump labels work properly on mobile devices and do not affect the user experience.
  5. Matching user interests: Place jump labels in places where users are likely to search for specific information. This can help improve the user experience.

Mistakes that should be avoided

  1. Overloaded navigation: Avoid placing too many jump labels on a page as this can overload the navigation and confuse users.
  2. Unnecessary use of jump labels: Use jump labels only where they make sense. Do not link to sections that do not provide additional information.
  3. Keyword spamming: Do not use an unnatural number of keywords as jump tags to manipulate search engine rankings. This is considered spam.
  4. Lack of structure: Do not use jump labels arbitrarily. Make sure that the sections have a clear structure and that the jump labels are sensibly integrated into the page structure.
  5. Outdated content: If you use jump tags to link to specific sections on the page, make sure that the content of these sections is up-to-date and relevant.
  6. Missing test runs: Test the functionality of the jump markers to make sure they work as expected. A non-functioning anchor can affect the user experience.

By following these recommendations and avoiding the mistakes mentioned above, you can optimally integrate jump marks into your website and improve the navigation and user experience of your visitors.

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