I agree with most of your observations - especially regarding the semantics
of putting the edit link inside the header tags. However,
and the final proposal is on
I don't like that much at all :( To me, putting the edit before the header
seems even more likely to confuse people (thinking that the edit link
belongs to the previous section)
Of all the suggestions I've read so far, I like the "German way" the best
(putting the edit link immediately to the right of the header which it
edits). This seems to be consistent in principle with the line of action
tabs at the top, and wouldn't suffer from the right-floating issues which
can misalign the edit links.
Just my two cents.
On 6/26/07, Danny B. <Wikipedia.Danny.B(a)email.cz> wrote:
I'd like to throw in my thoughts and ideas about editlinks I had some time
ago. They are based on suggestions from users I'm continuously receiving:
The current style has couple disadvantages:
1. In certain cases (depending on other right floating objects on page)
editlinks mingle around and sometimes stick together on one place therefore
it is impossible to realize which one belongs to which header. (
2. When using wide displays, editlinks are pretty far away from headlines
and together with the situation when paragraphs are short, it may be hard to
follow the line and say which editlink belongs to which header.
3. The top-right place is the less usual place to place this kind of link,
therefore people may think it belongs to previous article, since
bottom-right is much more usual place for this.
* The current editlink style is, that it has constant size regardless the
size of header. Therefore sticking the link to header on same line causes
kind of odd look.
* The current way of inserting of editlinks to page is against semantics
(it's being inserted inside the header tag).
* Since the editlink is inserted within a header, it's harder to
manipulate it, if the user wants to do some customization.
* There's no editlink for intro (section 0) of page.
* The editlink is pretty big (has the same size as text, while eg. tabs
So I've been playing with that regarding to what's been said above and got
to some proposal how to deal with editlinks. The playground is on
final proposal is on
, since it
requires some changes in MediaWiki code which renders the page (check the
xhtml source). Because it is just for demo purposes to illustrate the idea,
it has been tested in Firefox and IE only and using Monobook. But there's no
problem to do more testing and style setting if the idea will be well
Advantages of the proposal (in no specific order):
* The editlink is now on the place where there are no doubts of what
section it belongs to (the reliability of this can be yet higher when
changing the label from "edit" to "edit the following section" or
* The visual behavior is now much easier to customize, if you want to do
so (you can place the editlink now pretty much wherever you want around the
header using CSS only) since it's independent on header
* It allows adding of editlink for page intro (section 0), which is pretty
old request in Bugzilla btw.
* Correct semantics of headers
* More correct semantics of section anchors
* No odd look caused by different font sizes on the same line
Questions, comments and suggestions are welcome.
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