Relevancy in HyperText Anchors and Links

By Meitar Moscovitz (published on March 11th, 2005)

This is a test to see how I can help make long pages more relevant to the content which links to them. In other words, it's difficult to locate the precise information that an author was linking to on long web pages because the author may not have intended to reference the entire document. Thus, some way of highlighting the specific content referenced is needed.

For instance, let's say I'm talking about apples. Apples have a thin skin that varies in color from green to red. In contrast, oranges have a thick skin with a pith. The link in the previous sentence points to a very long page in which there is a small blurb about the orange's skin. Can you find it easily?

Go ahead and look. If you can't find it within a few moments (do not read the whole page) then come back and try this link instead. This is the method most commonly used on long reference pages, but there is even more you can do if you are both the content creator and the linker.

For instance, try this even more special link to see the secret message about oranges in context with apples and web documents that this page talks about. Now go back to the page using one of the other links and you'll find that the secret message has vanished! (Note: You need a modern, CSS2-compliant browser for this to work. Internet Explorer <= 6.5 is not supported.)

Dynamically Creating Relevancy Messages

As an extension of this experiment, I have created another test which shows proof-of-concept for implementing a simple API to allow anybody to link to your page and include their own special “secret” relevancy messages at the point of reference.