Help:Self link

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A self link is a wikilink which targets the page where it is placed. To avoid any confusion, a self-link is not clickable: the text is only bolded (but still represented as a ‎<a>...‎</a> tag[1]).


Utility edit

In templates transcluded on several pages (typically navigational templates), a link can usefully become a self link when the template is transcluded on the link target page. This avoids the reader believing they will see another page when clicking on it.

Clickable self links edit

Some kinds of self links are clickable, because they are not a simple internal link with direct target.

Full URL edit

If you use external link syntax, providing the full URL of the page, the link is always clickable.

E.g. [// abc] gives abc

Link to self redirection edit

If you link to a page which redirects to the current page, the link remains clickable and not bolded.

With interwiki project prefix edit

If you prefix the target page name with local interwiki prefix (i.e. mw: for, the link remains clickable and not bolded.

E.g. [[mw:Help:Self link|abc]] gives abc

Link to a local section edit

If the target contains a fragment, even if the link targets the current section, it remains clickable and not bolded.

E.g. [[Help:Self link#Link to a local section]] gives Help:Self link#Link to a local section.