Dec 30, 2016

Heading hover hash links in JavaScript

If the title doesn’t make sense, maybe a GIF will.

I wanted to add these to the Epsilon docs page. Here’s how I did it using JavaScript and a little bit of CSS.

This is on the bottom of every page.

// Find all headings under .content
var elems = document.querySelectorAll(".content h1, .content h2, .content h3, .content h4, .content h5, .content h6");

for (var i = 0; i < elems.length; i++) {
  var el = elems[i];
  var id = el.id;

  // Create the link
  var link = document.createElement("a");
  link.href = "#"+id;
  link.textContent = "#";

  // Add it to the heading element

  // Set a couple of class names
  link.className = 'content-heading-link';
  el.className = 'content-heading';

Here’s the CSS associated with those classes:

.content-heading .content-heading-link {
    visibility: hidden;
    margin: 0 0.3rem;

.content-heading:hover .content-heading-link {
  visibility: visible;

It would be cool to be able to do this without JavaScript, but I’m not sure how to do it using Hugo.

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