NOTE: Clickable section anchors ("§" next to page headers) were implemented and briefly deployed in March 2015. However, the specific way that clickable section anchors were added caused issues, discussed below, and the feature has been reverted and un-deployed.
Say you're in the middle of a long page and want to pass somebody a link... A link to the particular section would often be more helpful than just a link to the top of the page, but to do that right now you have to jump up to the table of contents and find your section again, then click that link.
It would be nicer if the section header itself were clickable, or had a little link anchor thingy you could click next to it that had the #blah bit on it to cut-n-paste or drag-n-drop.
== Requirements ==
# the feature is "activated" by hovering the header text;
# the link is offered in a symbol of some sort next to the header text, similar to what many [[https://docs.python.org/3/faq/general.html#general-information|do]];
# the link is a normal one, i.e. left-click centers the section (but does not copy to clipboard) and right click + copy link can be used.
== Things to watch for and possibly avoid ==
# The section symbol is being read aloud by screen readers when navigating the page by headings.
# The symbol appears in unexpected places due to being included in HTML (like Geohack or Google search results).
# Literal headings (<h2> etc.) should not have clickable section link anchors (T91271).
# No way to hide the symbol where it negatively affects the design (mostly main pages).
# The symbol [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_sign|§]] could be confusing, possible alternatives: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_sign|#]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilcrow|¶]], [[http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/1f517/index.htm|🔗]] (last one is emoji, not widely supported), [[https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Link_icon.svg|Link_icon.svg]].
== Possible blockers or subtasks ==
== Workarounds ==
== See also ==
* RFC: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/Clickable_section_anchors