Currently only contextual links can trigger edit mode because the Javascript listener is attached during the 'drupalContextualLinkAdded' event.

Any link should be able to trigger Edit mode.

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tedbow created an issue. See original summary.

Version: 8.3.x-dev » 8.4.x-dev

Drupal 8.3.0-alpha1 will be released the week of January 30, 2017, which means new developments and disruptive changes should now be targeted against the 8.4.x-dev branch. For more information see the Drupal 8 minor version schedule and the Allowed changes during the Drupal 8 release cycle.