Html – How to make an anchor tag refer to nothing


I use jQuery, I need to make some anchor tags perform no action.

I usually write it like this:

<a href="#">link</a>

However this refers to the top of the page!

Best Solution

There are a few less than perfect solutions:

1. Link to a fake anchor

<a href="#">

Problem: clicking the link jumps back to the top of the page

2. Using a tag other than 'a'

Use a span tag and use the jquery to handle the click

Problem: breaks keyboard navigation, have to manually change the hover cursor

3. Link to a javascript void function

<a href="javascript:void(0);">
<a href="javascript:;">

Problem: breaks when linking images in IE


Since these all have their problems, the solution I've settled on is to link to a fake anchor, and then return false from the onClick method:

<a href="#" onClick="return false;">

Not the most concise of solutions, but it solves all the problems with the above methods.