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  • Resolved tojasonharris


    I normally use html code to set up my footnotes manually. Like such:

    <sup><a name="id1" href="#ftn.id1">1</a></sup>
    For the in-text citation.

    <sup><a name="ftn.id1" href="#id1">1</a></sup>
    For the footnote reference.

    Since I updated to wp 3.2, these footnotes are not linking to each other. Can anyone help me work out why?

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    Can you link to a broken page?

    Actually, here is a page that uses the above code. However, as you’ll note, it works. This was published before 3.2 came out. But here’s the odd thing… if I go into admin and open that post up, the code immediately and automatically changes to:

    <sup><a name="id1" href="#ftn.id1"></a>1</sup>


    <sup><a name="ftn.id1" href="#id1"></a>1</sup>

    And it stops working as well.

    Thanks for looking at it.

    Have you had a chance to have a look at this? Any suggestions on what I might pursue as a solution?

    Ok. I’ve found the solution and will log it here for any other hapless souls who wander down this path.

    First, I narrowed the problem down to the following:

    Here’s the deal. When I go into the html view of my wp and type in the following code:

    <a name="1">Text</a>

    And then click normal view and click back to html view, the code changes automatically to:

    <a name="1"></a>Text

    It does not do this for other people, but it consistently does it for me. Here is some additional info:

    It started with wp 3.2
    It happens across different computers with different ip addresses
    It happens in IE, Firefox, and Chrome
    It happens when I log in under different users

    Why does this happen and how can I get it to stop happening?

    Second, I went to “wp questions” and got the following two responses which solved the issue and explained it:

    I can confirm that this problem exists. I am using WordPress 3.2.1 with no plugins and the default theme and I am also affected by this issue.

    Steps to reproduce:
    – Go edit a post
    – Switch to the HTML-editor and enter this exact text: <a name="1">test</a>
    – Switch back to the Wysiwyg-editor and again to the HTML-editor
    – The code is now changed to <a name="1"></a>test

    I think this is a issue with how TinyMCE handles these anchors. I have found the following possible simple solution:

    Use the id-attribute instead of name: <a id="some_id">test</a> works and allows you to jump to that point on the page just like does.

    This is related to the tinyMC XHTML behaviour; it forces the use of HTML Standard Attributes the “name” attribute is optional for the anchor tag.
    This issue was already reported on the wordpress trac and the conclusion is:
    From HTML point of view <a name="bob">Inside</a> is exactly the same as <a name="bob"></a>Inside. The anchor is a hidden pointer to where the page should scroll when accessed with http://someurl#anchor.
    One question; Why you want to use the name attribute? Maybe you should be using the ID attribute.
    hope it helps 🙂

    Just looked over this and realised I might come across as having sorted out step one on my own. I didn’t. I got some excellent help from one George Yap.

    Good to see you’re still finding and sharing the answers to life’s questions…;)

    Hey there,

    I am not a computer guy so basically none of that means anything to me. What I do know is that I my footnote coding (created by livewriter, etc) is being stripped whenever I move to visual editor. I think this is crazy and an impossible situation. I cant do all my editing only in html mode.

    It was working fine for years, and then bam! it all stops.

    Has there been a layman’s solution to this?


    Here’s something to try:

    In html view (before you go to visual editor), just change the “name” to “id.” Then go to visual editor and see if it works…

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