Pet peeve: partially linked words in blog posts – here’s why they happen

Here’s a strange phenomenon. Across countless blogs, you’ll find hyperlinks on partial words. Here’s an example – notice how the hyperlink starts after the character ‘p’ in the word ‘press’:

This is not uncommon, I’ve seen it quite a few times on many blogs. Why does it happen?

It turns out to be a bug in certain versions of WYSIWYG editors, where double-click-and-extend-selection doesn’t work quite as expected. Most bloggers will notice and fix this (and curse the editor in the process), but often they miss it – presumably when they’re in a hurry.

We need a name for this – I’m partial to ‘partial links’. Have you seen these before? Post a comment if you spot one!

Amit

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