Top of page Macro


This macro inserts a "top of page" link in your Trac wiki page. The only option is a string that is inserted into the content of the markup. This defaults to a single circumflex "^" character (more commonly known as a caret), surrounded by square brackets. The anchor element returned includes a "Top of Page" title attribute so the user knows its purpose, and a "topofpage" class so the Wiki author may apply their preferred style rules.

Inserting the macro in your wiki page would be ass follows:

[[Top(Top of page)]]

More specifically:

[[Top]] returns:

[<a class="topofpage" href="#" title="Top of page">^</a>]

You could of course achieve the same effect by doing this:

[<a href="#" title="Top of page">^</a>]

Resulting in this:


Note that the brackets do not form part of the anchor itself. This is a personal preference. If you pass a string to the macro they are omitted.


If you like the caret, but prefer to omit the brackets and style the link yourself with CSS, try something like this:

a.topofpage {
  display: block;
  height: 11px;
  width: 11px;
  font-family: 'BitStream Vera Sans',Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;
  font-weight: bold;
  text-decoration: none;
  background-color: #eaeaea;
  color: #e9611c;
  padding: 1px 2px 2px;
  border: 1px solid #c6c7db;
  margin-left: -6px;
a.topofpage:hover {
  border-color: #000;
  background-color: #777;
  color: #fc3;

Note: If you're going to style the anchor like this you should also pass an argument to the macro or you'll end up with the default brackets in addition to the styling.


If you want to get really fancy you can use jQuery to create a smooth scrolling effect when the link is clicked. In your site.html template add:

Note: Returning false from the lambda, or anonymous, function prevents the browser from kicking in it's own event model. However, it degrades nicely and still works even if the user has JavaScript disabled.

Bugs/Feature Requests

Existing bugs and feature requests for TopMacro are here.

If you have any issues, create a new ticket.


  • Browse the source at: GitHub.
  • Public clone URL:
    git clone git://


Download the zipped source from here or clone the repository (see above) from GitHub to a location on your local drive. Unzip the archive to a temporary location, visit the 0.11 directory and run:

python bdist_egg
cp dist/*.egg /trac/env/Project/plugins


Enable the macro in /trac/env/Project/conf/trac.ini:

top.* = enabled

You may need to restart your Web server.

Recent Changes

5040 by dwclifton on 2008-12-21 21:51:41
New hack TopMacro, created by dwclifton


Author: dwclifton
Maintainer: none (needsadoption)

Last modified 3 weeks ago Last modified on Oct 3, 2016, 8:32:58 AM

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