Is there a way to link to other sections (such as a See Also section) from within a profile's bio?

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I would like to add a link to the See Also section regarding further links on The 852d and Project Nike. I'm guessing there is a way to do it but I am new here and still learning. Thanks!

in WikiTree Help by Anon Schepp G2G2 (2.4k points)

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You can link directly to any heading by adding a hash mark (#) and the heading text to the profile link.  For instance, you could bypass all the profile information and go directly to the biography text using:

or go directly to the Sources section using:

It gets a bit tricky if your headings have spaces between words; you have to replace each space character with the three-character code "%20" (without the quote marks, of course.)

Edit:  The information about replacing spaces with "%20" is incorrect.  If your link-target headings or subheadings have spaces, replace all space characters, " ", with underscore characters, "_".  See the example in the comments below; the underscore is difficult to see because whole links are displayed in an underlined font.

by Erik Oosterwal G2G6 Mach 5 (50.7k points)
selected by Rubén Hernández


Your suggestion is what I am looking to do, however, I am currently having issues getting it to work. This is the link I have currently but it is just taking me to the top of the page. Any ideas?

Isaac, compare the link you posted with the one Erik posted:

Maybe try without the "index.php" etc

Maybe try:

Can't hurt, right?

I have fixed the link to the suggested but am still not directed anywhere.

See also: should not be a heading or subheading.

However, a subheading can be added below it, then linked as Erik states.

The subheading would look like the following text:

===Project Nike===

Then the biography text would be linked via an inline citation:

[[Schmidt-11048#Project_Nike|Project Nike]]

You can, of course, use any wording for your subheading.laugh

edit: can also be done without using inline citation; just link directly to the Project Nike text in the biography.

I informed you incorrectly; you need to replace space characters with an underscore character.

I took the liberty of adding a "See Also" subheading on the example profile, so the following link should work now:

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If I am reading your question correctly, you want to create anchor tags to link wording in your text, such as 852nd AAA to the links you have created in the "See also:" section. Is that right? It can certainly be done and I gave you a hint, they are called anchor tags. However, they are not recommended for use in profiles. One of the goals of WikiTree is to make all the profiles collaborative and accessible to everyone. Some coding is fairly easy, but when you start using anchor tags, it is getting considerably more complicated and there is much more room for typos and other errors. You could use them on your own profile, and possibly free spaces, but you shouldn't use them on people profiles.

A good solution, at least I think it is a good solution, is to create simple hyperlinks directly from your text to off-site urls where one could read more about the subject. You could have the links in-line in the biography section as well as list them at the bottom, as you have already done, in the "See also:" section.

I hope that answers your question.
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (669k points)
I meant to also mention that when you are in edit mode, the instructions for hyperlinks is on the page under Formatting Tips.
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If you want to allow viewers to go to the Wikipedia page for Project Nike, you can turn the biography text Project Nike into an external link:

[ Project Nike]

or an internal-style link:

[[wikipedia:Project_Nike|Project Nike]]

Otherwise, you can simply use an inline citation to cite your source!

by Lindy Jones G2G6 Pilot (232k points)
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This is how a table of contents works.  Each item in the list is a link to a section.  So just Copy the link to the section you want

Eg go to the Project Nike page, and use your browser's "Copy link" or "Copy shortcut" function on the "See also" item in the Contents table.

This method is also very useful on sites like Medlands, and Tudor Place, where the pages are long.  To link to a paragraph, find a link to the paragraph and Copy it.  Eg follow the link to the wife, and then Copy the link back to the husband.

Note the matching of links and anchors is done in the browser, and the browser doesn't know any site conventions, eg it won't treat spaces and underscores as equivalent.  On the Project Nike page, the anchor has been created as See_also with an underscore, so that's how you have to link to it.  A space or a %20 won't work.
by Living Horace G2G6 Pilot (573k points)
edited by Living Horace
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If you want the See Also to be linked from the automatic List of Contents at the top, all you have to do is make it a heading, using two ==either side==

or a subheading, using three ===either side===

or a subsubheading, using four ====either side====
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)

Isn't the advice to use See also as a heading somewhat counter to the Proper Order guidelines?

Using a subheading for Project Nike, placed below the See also: text, would be more appropriate, in my interpretation. Then linking the biography text, Project Nike, to that subheading.

And no inline citation would be necessary, so forget that part of my previous advice!

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