First off, excuse me for the length of this. I wanted to detail my findings as much as possible. But let's get down to business ...
I believe it would be good if we could choose which "word" we could use for the comments link (basically, the
#comments part of the URL).
If you have an English language site, you would get something like this for the comments links with WordPress:
That's cool. But my blog is in Spanish, and if I want to have all my URLs in Spanish, the only bit that I cannot 'translate' is the link to the comments in the page:
I think you'd get the point. Of course, the same applies to French (e.g.
#commentaires), German, Italian or any other language.
Furthermore, English sites would be able to change
#comments to something like
#comment-1 or whatever.
I think (correct me if I'm wrong, I'm no programmer at all) that this would mean a relatively simple change in the code. This is what I have found:
#comments and #comment-X
There are "only" 5 files affected in wp-includes for these two cases:
grep "#comment" * comment-template.php: return get_permalink( $comment->comment_post_ID ) . '#comment-' . $comment->comment_ID; comment-template.php: return get_permalink() . '#comments'; feed-atom.php: <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="<?php the_permalink_rss() ?>#comments" thr:count="<?php echo get_comments_number()?>"/> feed.php: return get_the_guid($comment->comment_post_ID) . '#comment-' . $comment->comment_ID; pluggable.php: $notify_message .= get_permalink($comment->comment_post_ID) . "#comments\r\n\r\n"; widgets.php: echo '<li class="recentcomments">' . sprintf(__('%1$s on %2$s'), get_comment_author_link(), '<a href="'. get_permalink($comment->comment_post_ID) . '#comment-' . $comment->comment_ID . '">' . get_the_title($comment->comment_post_ID) . '</a>') . '</li>';
With the following 4 functions coming into place:
comments_popup_link, comments_link, get_comments_link and get_comment_link
Looking at it, changes required would be minor and not all the functions have to be modified for this to work.
Only 1 file affected in wp-admin (rtl.css was returned, but it does not have anything to do with this):
grep "#comment" * comment.php: wp_redirect( get_option('siteurl') . '/wp-admin/edit.php?p=' . absint( $comment->comment_post_ID ) . '#comments' ); comment.php: wp_redirect( get_option('siteurl') . '/wp-admin/edit.php?p=' . absint( $comment->comment_post_ID ) . '#comments' ); comment.php: $location = ( empty( $_POST['referredby'] ) ? "edit.php?p=$comment_post_id" : $_POST['referredby'] ) . '#comment-' . $comment_id;
And one other file in the root directory:
grep "#comm" * wp-comments-post.php:$location = ( empty($_POST['redirect_to']) ? get_permalink($comment_post_ID) : $_POST['redirect_to'] ) . '#comment-' . $comment_id;
There is also a single file for the
#respond anchor (which is used for the comments' form), which would be the same thing:
comment-template.php: echo get_permalink() . '#respond';
With only one function affected (comments_popup_link, which was in fact found above already).
And finally, one single file for
#more (which is used for scerpts) in wp-includes:
grep "#more" * post-template.php: $output .= ' <a href="'. get_permalink() . "#more-$id\" class=\"more-link\">$more_link_text</a>";
The function affected is get_the_content.
I haven't found this in the admin files or the files in the root directory.
I was trying to achieve all of this with a plugin and explained the problem in the Forums, but apparently this is not doable via a plugin. I also explained there why I cannot create a custom function (that works, but breaks the admin interface and the comments feeds).
Thanks a lot for your attention.