How do I open a dynamic HTML page at an anchor within the page?

My program outputs a dynamic HTML page from a server. Is there a way to make the page open at an anchor within the page rather than at the top of the page?

Example: An HTML page is created on the fly with an anchor tag <a id="target"></a> 2/3 of the way down the page. The page is written (as always) to stdout. How do I get that page to open at the target?

With static pages, it is easy -- <a href="www.MyServer.com/MyPage.asp#target">Click here</a>. When writing dynamic pages, how ???????????
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rwniceingCommented:
Read this anchor tag tutorial link at http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_a.asp

and try <a href="www.MyServer.com/MyPage.asp#target" target="_top">Click here</a>

Is it what your need ?
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
You could probably inject some javascript to open the page (to the imbedded anchor) once it's been generated.  You would need a flag of some sort to make sure the javascript only fired once.

There's also window.location in javascript, which you might be able to use to scroll to an anchor location on the page.
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StMike38Author Commented:
To rwniceing: When creating a dynamic page, there is no one to click a link. The target is not the top; it's well below.

To paulmacd: I have written and am writing (too many tens of thousands of lines of) C++. The problem with Javascript is that I cannot maintain it.

I have implemented a temporary solution -- injecting a link visible near the top of the page, so the user has to click it to be taken to the desired point. If interested, you can see that solution as follows:
[1] Browse to http://www.marpx.com/shake/
[2] Click on "Launch research index"
[3] Enter something in the search box, for example: Ophelia water [without quotes]
[4] Click the "Expand" logo in the lower left.
[5] Note the link "Highlighted result" near the top. Click on it.
[6] You are taken to the result well down the page.

I would prefer to make step 5 unnecessary by having the page open at the paragraph containing water and Ophelia 4 words apart.

StMike38
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
There's nothing to maintain.  As you build the page, write out a body tag that includes an onload event...
     <body onload="window.location.hash='anchor';">

...then, wherever you want to page to jump to, insert an anchor tag...
     <a name="anchor">

...and you should be all set
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StMike38Author Commented:
To paulmacd: Modifying the body tag works both in the server program and in a PC-based CHtmlView equivalent program. In both cases, the page opens very nicely at the anchor point.

Thank you very much for a neat and elegant solution. You have been most helpful.

StMike38
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
I'm glad the solution works for you, and am very happy to have been of service.
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