A permanent link
) is a link to a specific version of a wiki page. Normal links always lead to the current version of a page, but the permalink leads to the text as it was at the time; the text does not include any edits made since. Unlike what the name suggests, the permalink does not
show exactly the same page, though; only the main text
is guaranteed to be retained. The pictures included in the page are still shown at their most current versions,
as are the templates
, most notably the boxes
with text and images placed in the page's right-top corner, as well as any content transcluded
from other pages. In other words, the permalink displays what the article would look like today if someone reverted
to the revision in question.
A permalink can be made by clicking 'Permanent link' in the sidebar's toolbox or by accessing a prior version of a page from its page history
tab. Both of these will display that version and the page's URL
can be used as the target of the permalink.
- Help:Page history § Linking to a specific version of a page for more details of browsing the history of Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia:Citing Wikipedia for more details on how to cite Wikipedia, for which you may need a permalink.
- Template:Oldid2, link to an old version of a page
- Template:Cross-wiki oldid, link to an old version of a page in MediaWiki, Meta-Wiki, Wikibooks, Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Incubator, Wikinews, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikiversity, or Wiktionary
- Template:Cross-wiki language oldid, link to an old version of a page in Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikiversity, or Wiktionary in any language
The most obvious differences are if images that existed at the time are subsequently deleted. They would be shown as red links
, and inevitably the layout of the article would suffer.
Last edited on 16 September 2021, at 10:14
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