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Bug 6972 - First X links of what links here should also be in short pulldown at top of page
First X links of what links here should also be in short pulldown at top of page
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Special pages (Other open bugs)
All All
: Lowest enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-08-10 22:20 UTC by Miroslav Klivansky
Modified: 2011-05-15 00:48 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

See Also:
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---

Mocked-up screen-grab of the feature (69.79 KB, image/jpeg)
2006-08-11 17:45 UTC, Miroslav Klivansky

Description Miroslav Klivansky 2006-08-10 22:20:00 UTC
The "What links here" special page is very useful.  It will be even more useful
for navigating back to previous pages during maintenance/editing if there was a
short pulldown at the top of the page that let you select a page to return to.  

The problem is that after editing a page the browser "back" button gets you to
the edit window instead of the referring page.  For large pages and slow
connections, this can be a pain.  You can use the "what links here" page to
return to your original referring page, but that's a multi-step process.  If
there was a pulldown menu toward the top of the page, then you could just select
it there for most pages.   This pulldown would be most logically right-justified
on the same line where the navigation path is left-justified.  To keep it short,
it might be best to limit the pulldown to the top 5 or 10 most recently modified
or frequently referenced pages.
Comment 1 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2006-08-10 22:49:52 UTC
I don't understand what you're asking here.  What page(s) would the pull-down
menu be on?  What would it contain?
Comment 2 Schnargel 2006-08-11 12:07:20 UTC
Browsers I know have such a menu built into or close to their back (and forward) button.
Comment 3 Miroslav Klivansky 2006-08-11 17:45:15 UTC
Created attachment 2216 [details]
Mocked-up screen-grab of the feature

This is a rough mock-up of what this RFE might provide.  A pull-down menu with
"what links here".
Comment 4 Miroslav Klivansky 2006-08-11 17:48:46 UTC
> I don't understand what you're asking here.  What page(s) would the
> pull-down menu be on?  What would it contain?

I'm mostly using the MediaWiki for an intranet application.  There are
lots of nested pages:

  [[Foo]] --> [[Foo/Bar]] --> [[Foo/Bar/Baf]]

The RFE is asking for the "What Links Here" pulldown to be available on all
pages where it makes sense.  Attached is a doctored screengrab of an example. 
This is a "nice to have" feature, and may not make sense based on the overhead
of generating and populating the pull-down.  The browser back button pull-down
is useful, but doesn't do the same thing.  Please let me know if that doesn't
make sense or you'd like more information.
Comment 5 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2006-08-11 18:59:41 UTC
Ah, I see.  I expect that would require an extra query for every page load,
unless what-links-here is cached (which I doubt).  That's until we get Ajax in
MediaWiki, anyway.  So probably not going to be a default option in standard
MediaWiki, but you can always hope.  :)  Or you could write an extension, if you
like, for your own use at least.
Comment 6 Sam Reed (reedy) 2011-05-15 00:48:00 UTC

Do it in popups or something

But really, this is a useless idea

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