This feature is no longer recommended. Though some browsers might still support it, it may have already been removed from the relevant web standards, may be in the process of being dropped, or may only be kept for compatibility purposes. Avoid using it, and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

The anchor() method creates an <a> HTML anchor element that is used as a hypertext target.




A string representing the name attribute of the a tag to be created.

Return value

A string containing an <a> HTML element.


Use the anchor() method to programmatically create and display an anchor in a document.

In the syntax, the text string represents the literal text that you want the user to see. The name parameter string represents the name attribute of the <a> element.

Anchors created with the anchor() method become elements in the document.anchors array.


Using anchor()

var myString = 'Table of Contents';

document.body.innerHTML = myString.anchor('contents_anchor');

will output the following HTML:

<a name="contents_anchor">Table of Contents</a>


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'String.prototype.anchor' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.0. Defined in the (normative) Annex B for Additional ECMAScript Features for Web Browsers.


if (!String.prototype.anchor)
    String.prototype.anchor = function(x){
        return '<a name="' + x + '">' + this + '</a>'

Browser compatibility

Update compatibility data on GitHub
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung InternetNode.js
Chrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1
Full support 1
Notes Starting with version 17, the quotation mark (") is replaced by its HTML reference character (") in strings supplied for the name parameter.
IE No support NoOpera Full support YesSafari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0nodejs Full support Yes


Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.

See also