- Use anchor links for pages over one screen in length.
- Add "Return to top" links at the end of sections of long pages.
- Format anchor links using either an unordered list that uses bullets or an ordered list that is numbered.
- For long pages, split your page into sections with headings and sub-headings and use anchor links to link to these from the top of the page to help visitors find the information they are looking for more quickly.
- Anchor links in a list should not link to another page. People find this confusing as they are not expecting to leave the page they were reading.
- Add "Return to top" links at the end of sections on a line on their own line aligned to the left.
The Web standards for PDFs and other file types page is a good example of a page that uses anchor links and Return to top links.
Why we have this web standard
Usability - Anchor links make it easier for users to navigate longer pages.
Unordered lists (bullet point lists)
Bullet point lists can be formatted using the bullet button on the editing toolbar.
- Use bullet points to draw attention to key statements.
- Bullet points should be used for anchor links of 5 items or less.
- For advice on how to write bullet points, please see Plain English Campaign's free guide
Reasons for web standard
Technical - Lists need to be created this way so that they are correctly formatted when the page is published.
Style - Following house style ensures a consistent look and feel to our web pages.
Ordered lists (numbered lists)
Numbered lists can be formatted using the numbered list button on the editing toolbar.
- Numbered lists should be used for items that need to be placed in order of priority or sequence.
- You can use numbered lists for anchor links of over five items, then add the number to the corresponding heading.
- Don't use Roman numerals, letters or complicated numbering. Contact Web and Digital Services for help if you are having trouble with formatting.
Reason for this web standard
Technical - Lists must be created using the method above so they formatted correctly on the published page.
Usability - Lists are very effective on the web and help users find the information they want quickly and easily.