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The very definition[edit]

consists of using a hyperlink that links to a specific, generally searchable or indexed, piece of web content on a website (e.g., rather than the home page (e.g.

Isn't it supposed to mean a link to a specific fragment identifier (e.g. as opposed to a page as a whole (e.g. ?? The example given seems to support that definition. Teo8976 (talk) 11:51, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

No self-reference[edit]

I removed the following paragraph:

"Examples of deep linking to maps created on the fly can be found at the article Oakland, Illinois. The web addresses contain all the parameters of the maps. Sometimes this is not possible because a cache area (in this case, a shared script that generates an image map) is used to create the desired map through zooming and shifting, and there is no web address that directly gives the resulting map."

See Wikipedia:Avoid_self-references. Also, the Oakland, Illinois article could be modified in the future, in which case it would no longer be relevant. Ironically, this is one of the dangers of deep linking..... UnHoly 23:33, 28 August 2005 (UTC)


It would be nice if this could be tidied up with references. At the moment it reads like "it's good, no it's bad, no it's good, no it's bad". Lots of weasel words and unattributed "critics" too. Should be merged with inline linking and direct linking anyway. Stevage 11:46, 15 May 2006 (UTC)

  • Deep linking doesn't seem to be the same thing as inline linking, as I understand it. A deep link is just a hyperlink, whereas an inline link causes the content of one page to load onto a different one. They're somewhat different, in this respect. --Fastfission 03:31, 26 May 2006 (UTC)
Ah ok, so there's "inline"/"hot" linking where you cause content to appear in your site, and then just "deep"/"direct" linking where it's just a normal A HREF type link? Stevage 09:58, 26 May 2006 (UTC)
I agree with Fission, deep linking and inline linking aren't the same and shouldn't be merged. I do agree with the merging of inline and direct linking, though. 01If it is easy to do so :07, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
I refractored it some. (Narkstraws 21:46, 15 February 2007 (UTC))
  • Deep/Direct vs. Inline/Hot linking: I agree with Fastfission that there is an important distinction here that needs to be explained. Most of the advantages to "deep linking" are from direct linking where as (I think) most of the court cases cited are related to inline/hot linking. But I agree with Stevage in that I think the best way to accomplish this would be to merge the three articles: deep linking, inline linking / direct linking.
I'm starting an official merger proposal based on overlap.
I think inline linking / direct linking page should be merged into deep linking with major sections devoted to "Direct Deep Linking" and "Inline Deep Linking".
TSayles 20:06, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

How's the following for a new page outline? TSayles 21:15, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

  • Forms of Deep Linking
  • direct linking to specific content
Example: Wikipedia
restricting direct linking
Example: Wall Street Journal
  • inline linking to display content
to aggregate content
Example: Flickr, YouTube, Digg
to allocate resources
multiple servers
Example: Yahoo & SlashDot
bandwidth theft
  • Legal Status
US, Texas
EU, Denmark

As a new (and initially confused) visitor to this page (and the other), I think that TSayles's idea is beautiful!

But I should add a couple of points:

  • The old version of Direct Linking, although technical, should also be considered as a source of information and wording for any major rewrite.
  • That material suggests that "direct linking" does not contrast with image linking as the outline above suggests (so those headers need a different name —perhaps with reference to the HTML <a> tag?).

Toby Bartels 19:35, August 21, 2007

Merge inline linking / direct linking into this article?[edit]

Merge, per cleanup discussion above.TSayles 20:06, 3 May 2007 (UTC)
I wouldn't merge the inline linking article with this one. They're completely different things in my opinion. Scott Carpenter 02:51, 9 May 2007 (UTC)
Don't merge. As far as I know, deep linking usually refers to making a text link to a 'deep' page on another website, whereas inline or 'hot' linking usually refers to embedding media served off-site. Seems to me that they are different concepts, and they certainly bring up entirely different sets of concerns. -Fadookie Talk 10:18, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Don't merge. : they are different things, with -by the wat- different legal affirs. There is eveen too much mess in the usage of those terms (they are sometime used in the wrong way). Merging the two article may increase the mess. --ChemicalBit 15:35, 29 October 2007 (UTC)
Don't merge. I mirror Fadookie's sentiment that they are very different content. ---- Bwagstaff (talk) 21:23, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

By the way: I also think that Direct linking , redirect to Inline linking at the moemnt, should redirect to this article (Deep linking) instead: a direct link is a link that is usually 'deep', so it's not related with embedding media served off-site (Inline linking) --ChemicalBit (talk) 16:05, 28 January 2008 (UTC)
Don't merge. To me, these are also two completly different tasks as well. And both articles are also long enough already, merging them would make it only more confusing. --Dietmar Lettau (talk) 22:27, 15 February 2008 (UTC)
Don't merge. I sign under Fadookie's statement: they are not the same. And I add some more... Deep linking only risks messing up usability, whereas hotlinking is using someone else's bandwidth (and likely his/her rights) for our own profit, with no profit for the one you leech from. From my point of view, deep linking is, at most, unfriendly, while hotlinking/inline-linking is unethical (and, most of the times {citation needed :P}, ilegal). —Preceding unsigned comment added by Drakferion (talkcontribs) 11:49, 28 February 2008 (UTC)
I'm new to wikipedia, so please forgive my mistakes. I always understood the term "deep linking" to specifically refer to linking into a deep state of a client side application that might be running on a single page - eg, not a kind of hyperlink covered by existing "hyperlinking" standards. In fact, the kind of deep links for that purpose that History Keeper and SWFAddress enable for Flash and Javascript apps, are sort of abusing the hash portion of the url (file.html#hash) to achieve a workable form of deep linking (deep links created by those tools, don't conform to the anchor standard, since anchors don't exist in most cases for the client generated deep links - you can see this by testing a SWFAddress or History Keeper enabled website in the w3c link checker). —Preceding unsigned comment added by Touvan (talkcontribs) 18:08, 20 November 2009 (UTC)

Deep-linking to Wikipedia[edit]

I wonder, if deep-linking to Wikipedia articles would be okay? Pibwl ←« 23:03, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

yes, certainly!

'Deep-linking' to the same page[edit]

The example states that "This link: is an example of a deep link.", but that link links to the same page, when "Deep linking, on the World Wide Web, is making a hyperlink that points to a specific page or image on another website". Also, this seems a lot like 'hotlinking' to me. Can someone expand upon these areas please? -- (talk) 03:11, 24 November 2009 (UTC)

I agree, the opening paragraph should have the word "another" replaced with "a". You can deep link to the same web site, as given in a wikipeida example immediately below the opening paragraph. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:28, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

National Newspapers Ireland want license for deep linking[edit]

Not quite sure where to add it, but another example of an organization protesting deep linking is happening in Ireland now. They are actually saying it is against copyright/law to deep link but when asked by solicitors to explain where, they don't respond. (talk) 15:06, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

Deep Linking Plus Search, Linking into PDFs and to Text Marks[edit]

Excuse me for asking here: Is there a way to deep link to a specific text string within the target page? To PDF files you can deep link to a certain page by adding #page=nn (has that been mentioned here? You might want to.). But I’m looking for a way to send the reader directly to a quote within a longer text, that has not been marked with a HTML-nametag a name= (also not mentioned here), eg. …"Sometimes". The browser would have to interpret this find, before displaying the goal page. — Fritz Jörn (talk) 09:30, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

Either put in an a name tag if it's in HTML or if it's in WP, make a new subsection above it on some ground, so that WP will let you use a # tag based on the subsection name. For example, "Discussion of deep links to texts" or the like. PraeceptorIP (talk) 01:47, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

Texas case on linking[edit]

I think the short par. on SFX Motor Sports Inc., v. Davis should be deleted. The case is unreported officially and it is contrary to the great weight of authority. If nobody objects, I will delete in at the end of August. PraeceptorIP (talk) 01:41, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

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