Lately i have been trying to get a grasp of the anchor value from the URL using ASP.NET. From what i learned from the forum (This might be wrong since there is a way in PHP(http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.parse-url.php) to get the anchor value.)

Case study:

e.g http://www.somesamplebigsite.com/product.aspx?q=123&u=09#description
The url above send the user to a page product and then your browser interpret the anchor and scroll down way to the description anchor. But the question is why the heck would i want to get the anchor since it’s just an anchor ? There might be several reasons for that. Here is 2 of them:

  • You might not want to pass an extra parameter in your URL query string because of Referencing issues
  • You would like to perform an action when the page reaches the anchor: Example open an AJAX popup or load some information or Execute a JavaScript in the Description Section of the product.

There might be several other reasons, but these two give you and idea of what is to be achieved.

You can’t get access to the anchor value using server side ASP.NET, it will neither be seen in the Request.Url nor the Request.RawUrl. Therefore those who are trying in vain to get access to this information, don’t bother anymore. You can just use a simple javascript that will do that, and then if you want afterward to either make a new submit to the server or do it in AJAX.

var anchorValue;
var url = document.location;
var strippedUrl = url.toString().split("#");
if(strippedUrl.length > 1)
anchorvalue = strippedUrl[1];

With these few lines of javascript you will be able to determine the value anchor that has been sent in your URL.