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Bug 8928 - Section renaming breaks anchor links
Section renaming breaks anchor links
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Page editing (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: 2007-02-09 14:00 UTC by Thomas Diesler
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:06 UTC (History)
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Thomas Diesler 2007-02-09 14:00:33 UTC
== My Page ==


=== My Section ===


[[My Page#My Section]] will break if "My Section" is renamed
Comment 1 Thomas Diesler 2007-02-09 14:02:13 UTC
We are currently authoring the JAX-WS documentation on mediawiki
Comment 2 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2007-02-09 17:01:03 UTC
What sort of heuristic would we use to figure out what the "same" section is?  For instance, if 
I change:

== Foo ==
Blah blah blah bleh bleh bleh


== Bar ==
Blah blah blah
== Baz ==
Bleh bleh bleh

what happens to the section anchor?  It would probably be more coherent to have a list of 
"alternative" section anchors in the wikitext itself, I suppose, but that makes things look 
kind of messy (and can be done manually by adding some empty spans or whatnot, if you really 
want to).
Comment 3 Brion Vibber 2007-02-09 20:07:07 UTC
You can create manual anchors if you wish to have stable or shorter items. (eg
<span id="sec1a"></span>) or whatever.

MediaWiki's section anchors are inherently unstable due to the nature of the beast.
Comment 4 Thomas Diesler 2007-02-10 20:25:31 UTC
A special page that discovers broken section anchors would already help a lot.
Is that feasible?
Comment 5 Rob Church 2007-02-10 20:39:40 UTC
(In reply to comment #4)

Comment 6 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2007-02-10 23:37:22 UTC
We could probably construct such a special page, but it would require a new
database table or two, probably.  Likely not worth the effort.  If you want to
pursue that, please open a new bug report: separate reports for separate requests.
Comment 7 Thomas Diesler 2007-02-12 08:32:08 UTC
JBoss/RedHat is currently evaluating wiki solutions. This request poped up
during evaluation.

A seperate report is filed here:


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