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link to anchor doesn't work

I added an anchor  #thisanchor near the bottom of the page (with at least a page  worth of text following it.)

I added the link near the top of the page.   The unqualified link did NOT link to the same page.  It added a bogus prefix URL when saved.  So I added a fully qualified link for that same page where the link was inserted so it would link within the page.

when I hover over the link it says the right thing - "Go to link #thisanchor on this page".

But it doesn't do anything.  The page does not move to the bottom anchor.

There is no TOC defined on this page.

The anchor only shows up in 'edit' mode as per design.

This is such a basic use of anchors and it doesn't work.   Help!

Confluence 5.10.8

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No idea, if your version is different from mine.
I use version 4.3.7 (server) and adding anchors is pretty straightforward.

To enter the anchor:
* Insert > Other macros > Anchor
* Type "My Anchor" at "Anchor Name"

To link to the anchor:
* Highlight link text
* Insert Link > Adcanced
* Type "#My Anchor" at "Link"

As stated, I'm running 5.10.8 which is different from yours.

Yes, the insertion and link to anchors is quite straightforward.   Only thing is that it doesn't work for me.  I'm used anchors in many CMS and/or twiki systems and it always worked for me in the past, just not in confluence. 

I checked the latest version 6.3 => https://confluence.atlassian.com/doc/anchors-139442.html and the cloud version => https://confluence.atlassian.com/confcloud/anchors-724764900.html, the description is the same as mine.

Have to tried to follow the docu for your version?

This isn't my first rodeo. That's the first thing I did was read the documentation. It's a bug. My company admin can request support from Atlassian support.  The issue is still open.

@Derek Dokoto Did you ever get a resolution to this.  We are on Confluence 6.2.4 and have the same problem. following the instructions for placing links to anchors on the same page, the anchor gets generated into the link with a prefix. The prefix is the pagename with spaces removed. In other words, On a page named "This Page", with an anchor name "an1", here's what gets generated for an anchor URL:

https://myConfluence/display/mySpace/This+Page#ThisPagean1

 

Of course this doesn't work, because the anchor is really named an1, not ThisPagean1.

Bill Bailey Community Leader Jan 19, 2018

Can you paste the page source here? At least where the link was inserted and then the code around the anchor. Sometimes spurious tags can get pasted into a page.

 

You are clicking Insert Link and then the clicking the Advanced tab to insert the link?

@Doug Swartz

I don't know about "the same problem" (there might be something, who knows?) but what you describe, the fact that a prefix is added to the link, is correct behaviour.

It is correct because the same prefix is automatically added to the anchor. You can see it if you have a look at the source code.

I am no longer working at the company that used Confluence.   The tool had a smattering of "experts" around my company.   I consulted with all of them at the time and it was a limitation/defect of Confluence and was never resolved before leaving the company.    In principle, Confluence is a great tool.  Unfortunately with the number of significant glitches and oversights and missing functionality, adoption rate was limited and most pages are simple text files preventing a great deal of promise suggested by the tool.  

Sorry I can't be helpful.   The tool is broken.

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Just wanted to flag that anchors still don't work. It'd be *really* great if they did.

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I have a similar issue - whenever I try to create the same page anchor, the prefix containing the page name gets inserted automatically. So if a create an anchor ("section 1") using the anchor macro, in order to link to it, I need to say #mypage-section1 (where 'mypage' is the name of the page). 

This is not the behavior that I am looking for - I just want the same page anchor (that does require reloading of the page)

Please advise if this is a bug and if there is a workaroudn for this.

Thank you,

-Tanya

So, if you create a link to "#mypage-section1" it does work? But a link to "'section1" does not work? Is that what you tried?

@Steffen Heller

Exactly - it automatically inserts #mypage in front of "section1".  If I link to "section 1" it does not work.

But YOU enter ONLY "#section 1" and then CONFLUENCE adds the pagename to it, making it "#mypage-section 1" and then the link DOES work? Is that correct?

I am just trying to find out if same page links do not work at all for you or if you are just confused by the fact that confluence internally adds the pagename to a link.

@Steffen HellerIf I link to pagename-#section 1 then it works (and it also forced the reload of the page)

If I just link to #section 1 then it does not work.

@Tatyana I don't have any idea why Atlassian decided to make anchors work the way they do. I agree that forcing a page reload to go to a link on the same page is poor behavior. Sometimes, building a page from SQL requests or other external resources is expensive and slow.

I've decided to simply use the HTML macro when I want normal link behavior.

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@Doug SwartzThank you - unfortunetely, my version of WIKI does not offer "HTML macro"

Apparently in Confluence the real anchor name =  #page name-anchor name.

So link to http://yada.yada.yada/page name#page name-anchor name

That's how I got it working. 

Not sure if that is intentional on Atlassians part - it's wonky but functional

Also I attached it to a block element -- like a table header... 

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Apparently, Confluence Cloud offers wiki markup to add hyperlinks. The syntax is [page name#anchor name]. For example, [About Us#contact].

Here's a solution that works:

  1. Embed an HTML macro where you want your anchor
  2. Add the following inside the HTML box: <a id="my-anchor"></a>
  3. Save the page
  4. Now link to your page using any of the usual methods (title-based url, shared-url, page-id url) and add #my-anchor to the end
  5. Rename my-anchor in both places to match whatever you need it to be
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I can't believe this problem still exist!

PLS FIX! :-S

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Seriously? This was reported over 2 years ago, and it's not even a complex subject. Imagine how long it must take them to address real issues.

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Scenario

  1. Insert link (ctrl+k)
  2. Advanced
  3. Add name of document (not URL) and anchor in "Link", e.g. "Terms and conditions#about"
  4. Done

So they fixed this by getting rid of anchors all together. Absolutely brilliant.

As described here, the macro really is gone now: https://community.atlassian.com/t5/Confluence-questions/Anchor-Macro-Not-in-Confluence-Cloud/qaq-p/1019247

Really? I mean... REALLY?! Money back plz

If none of the solutions work for you, and your confluence is a bit old your problem might be that you had this old plugin installed Confluence Iphone plugin.

https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONFSERVER-20319

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