It’s now possible to “deep link,” or link to a specific paragraph within an article (for the days when the NYT buries the lead), and even link to a version with specific sentences or paragraphs highlighted.
This magic is accomplished by adding characters to the end of the page URL. Type “#p” and the number of a paragraph at the end of the URL, and the link will direct to a page that displays the article starting with the desired paragraph.
To highlight, type “#h” and the paragraph number. To highlight a specific sentence, add “s” and the number of the sentence in that paragraph.
The Times’s example adds “#p2h3h4s2h5s1,3″ to the end of the URL for this Paul Krugman column, which turns the link into:
Trouble counting grafs? Hit the shift key twice while reading an article and you’ll see “pilcrows” — that little paragraph symbol — which will reveal a number when clicked.
Well played Grey Lady, well played.
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