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On a number of occasions now I've found myself referring to blog posts containing site policy or usage guidelines, and wanting to refer to specific sections in them (e.g. point 2 in these editing guidelines).

There have been a number of requests for anchors, which have generally been implemented: on the How to Ask help pages (not implemented though the FAQ is different now), on user pages (superseded by the user page tabs), in posts (very upvoted but not implemented), to the reputation page's bottom (implemented) to specific revisions (implemented) on the legal pages (implemented) and in the FAQ (implemented and then superseded by the new FAQ design).

This one is slightly different but in the same spirit: could blog writers include names in section headers to allow for linking to specific sections or bullet points where relevant? Alternatively, could the blog software be expanded to insert automatic anchors into paragraphs, and maybe even auto linkers to headers and lists?

EDIT: This is the kind of CSS I'm thinking about. So handy!

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Modifying the blog software isn't going to happen, but I can add anchors easily enough - I've done this before when I needed them on other blog posts, but... Uh, didn't exactly make them discoverable.

See what you think of this.

  • I like 'em. (They're slightly intrusive and it would be nice to have them appear on mouseover but that's definitely nitpicking.) I guess it's probably asking too much to get them back-ported except into a small selection (should we make a list?), but those would be nice on future blog posts. – E.P. Sep 27 '13 at 17:40
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    Make a list, please – Shog9 Sep 27 '13 at 17:41
  • I'll have a look for likely ones and add a wiki answer with them later. – E.P. Sep 27 '13 at 18:20

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