Google’s new Chrome extension allows you to link on to particular textual content on a page

Link to Text Fragment is a new Chrome Extension from Google that permits you to generate URLs to particular textual content on a webpage, no matter the page’s formatting.

With the extension put in, merely spotlight the textual content you wish to link to, right click on, and choose “Copy Link to Selected Text.” This can then be shared and opened by anybody utilizing a suitable browser. For instance, clicking this link in Chrome or Edge will bring you on to a highlighted section at the backside of the article.

The Google extension builds upon a new function that was recently added to Chromium called Text Fragments, which works by appending additional linking information to a URL after a #. It’s the same technology that Google now generally makes use of to link to particular parts of a webpage in search outcomes. However, these URLs will be lengthy and difficult to manually create in case you’re linking to longer sections of textual content, or complex web pages the place the same words are repeated a number of instances. This extension simplifies the creation process.

The hyperlinks created by the extension are suitable with model 80 upwards of all Chromium-based browsers, but they’re not supported in all browsers. Google’s blog post notes that as of yesterday Firefox and Safari had not said that they’d implement the function. Clicking a link utilizing these browsers will merely take you to the high of the linked webpage, with out highlighting the textual content.

Text fragments are a small but helpful piece of performance that make it simpler to search out particular information on a webpage. In the paragraph above, for instance, the hyperlink to Google’s blog post is set as much as link on to the section about Firefox and Safari compatibility. You might also see it being helpful for linking to a particular step in a lengthy series of directions, or a explicit entry in a best-of record.

The extension and the performance it allows are promising, but it’s not excellent simply yet. While testing out the function in Edge, I’d generally get linked to the appropriate part of the page, but the textual content wouldn’t be highlighted. Then, when creating hyperlinks, I’d generally obtain an error telling me to spotlight a longer section of textual content, regardless of having already chosen a entire paragraph. I wasn’t in a position to confirm what it was about my mixture of browser, extensions, and the web sites I used to be linking to that induced these issues.

The Link to Text Fragment extension is out there now in the Chrome Web Store.

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