A weblog authored by Carthik about the latest in the WordPress world.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

New Purple Links

Filed under: — Carthik @ 12:43 pm

DenkZEIT has made available a new client-side implementation of Purple Links for WordPress. The reason this implementation is “New” is that Stevarino has a purple links hack that does the same for you on the server-side.

So what are purple links?
Purple Links, or plinks as Simon Willison calls them, are a way to provide linkable anchors to all the paragraphs and other sub-elements on a page. Just so you can link to say, the third paragraph in a page. This can be quite useful when someone want’s to quote what you said in a long article. A link to the appropriate paragraph or sentence might be more appropriate than a link to just the article, as the reader who follows that link can see the context of the quoted statement more easily. An example might be in order here. Here’s one:

Simon Willison says that Javascript could have a bright future.

(Note: Notice how the link takes you to the last paragraph, which I linked-to using the URI http://simon.incutio.com/archive/2004/05/30/plinks#p-13)

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