[whatwg] Making it possible to do an anchor link to any DOM node

Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Wed Jun 18 14:31:46 PDT 2008

Lukas Kahwe Smith wrote:
> Hi,
> Currently when linking to specific places in a document one is limited 
> to the places the original author made linkable via an anchor <a> tag. 
> While this is a nice touch (though not well exposed by modern browsers), 
> the reality is that most of the time the person who writes a document 
> that links to the original page has a better idea of where exactly he 
> wants to link to.

Actually, what you link to these days is any element with an ID attribute.

What you're proposing is to reinvent XPointer.

Elliotte Rusty Harold
elharo at metalab.unc.edu

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