is current browser behavior rational?
My practical problem is solved (thanks!) but I’m still curious about these questions from 4 days ago:
. . Is there any technical reason for not making the place where a reader should be -- at an anchor-location, or the place they were (bottom of the previous window) before a "page down" scroll -- always appear at the top of a browser window?
. . Does “not doing this” provide some practical benefits for a reader? (with the rational browser behavior I’m describing, a reader would know “the page has ended” when they see nothing but white space below a certain point, so this white space wouldn’t be a disadvantage)
. . If the answers are “no” and “no” -- as it seems to me, but maybe I'm just not seeing the reason -- then should we say “yes” when we ask “Is the current browser behavior due to an unwise decision about browser design?” (evidently a decision was made sometime in the distant past, and has continued since then due to inertia)
P.S. If others have no interest in this, I won’t ask again, I'll just continue to wonder and that will be OK.