Note : Both Netscape and Internet Explorer support the Anchors collection (Netscape call it an array). For properties, methods and events that are supported by
<A> elements, see the
The Anchors collection is an ordered, indexed array, containing a reference to every
<A> element in a document, that has a valid
ID attribute. (The Links collection contains
<A HREF="..." ...> elements).
Anchor Objects would normally be retrieved by their index in the Anchors collection. I.e.:
TITLE attribute of the second anchor in the document (which may not be the second
<A> element in the document).
A string value can be used however, as long as that string is a valid identifier (
ID attribute value) for an element in the document.
would return the
TITLE attribute of the anchor whose
NAME property is 'Anchor1'.
length property returns the number of anchors in the collection. Note that the
length count starts at 1, not 0 as the anchors collection index does. Therefore, the
length property may return a value of 5, but to access the 3rd anchor, you'd need to use
item method retrieves single items, or sub-collections from the anchors collection. It accepts the following arguments:
index is a number, then the method returns a reference to the anchor at that position in the anchors collections index. I.e. (using the example above)
strTag be the value of the
TITLE attribute of the documents third anchor. As you can see, this is effectively the long-hand version of using
index property is a string value, then the
item method returns a sub-collection, containing a reference to every anchor in the document that has its
ID attribute set to the string contained in the
index argument. To retrieve certain element objects from this sub-collection, the
sub-index argument must be used.
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