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Opened 10 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

#20089 closed defect (bug) (fixed)

Visual editor messes up links in headers

Reported by: jikamens Owned by:
Milestone: 3.5 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.3.1
Component: Editor Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:


Create a new post.

In HTML mode, put this in the post:

<h2><a name="foo" href="#bar">Foo</a></h2>

Switch to Visual mode.

Switch back to HTML mode.

Note how it now reads:

<h2><a name="foo" href="#bar"></a>Foo</h2>

I.e., the "</a>" tag has been moved, and the header is no longer a link.

This doesn't happen if you leave off the "name='foo'".

Change History (8)

#1 @nacin
10 years ago

Reproduced on trunk, which is TinyMCE 3.4.8.

#2 follow-up: @azaozz
10 years ago

  • Keywords close added

<a name="foo" href="#bar"> is not a link, it is an anchor. In HTML typically anchors don't wrap any text, so whether it's <h2><a name="foo" href="#bar">Foo</a></h2> or <h2><a name="foo" href="#bar"></a>Foo</h2> or even <a name="foo" href="#bar"></a><h2>Foo</h2> it works the same way (scrolls the page to it).

Proper links <h2><a href="http://site.com#bar">Foo</a></h2> work as expected.

#3 in reply to: ↑ 2 @jikamens
10 years ago

It is both an anchor and a link, which is perfectly valid HTML. It behaves as intended in every browser I've ever tried it in. The point is that I want to have a table of contents at the top of my document which links to all of the sections, and I want each of the section headers if clicked, to take the user back to the table of contents.

According to http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/links.html, "Authors may set the name and href attributes simultaneously in the same A instance."

TinyMCE is therefore clearly behaving incorrectly.

#4 @rosshanney
10 years ago

The id attribute can be used in place of name for this purpose. As stated on the same page you link above:

When the name or id attributes of the A element are set, the element defines an anchor that may be the destination of other links.

So your example would become:

<h2><a id="foo" href="#bar">Foo</a></h2>

TinyMCE seems to handle this correctly.

Of course, this doesn't change the fact that it should probably behave in the same way with name too.

#5 @dd32
10 years ago

I believe TinyMCE is following the XHTML spec, the name attribute was replaced by id in xhtml and html5 IIRC.

#6 @rosshanney
10 years ago

Looks like name on a elements is deprecated in XHTML (http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/#C_8) and "obsolete but conforming" in HTML 5 (http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#warnings-for-obsolete-but-conforming-features).

#7 @ocean90
9 years ago

Duplicate: #21528

#8 @SergeyBiryukov
9 years ago

  • Keywords close removed
  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 3.5
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

This is fixed in trunk (probably after TinyMCE update in [21228]).

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