reply to post by TKDRL
If you use the URL tags, the URLs do NOT get screwed up. The only time URL's get screwed up is if you don't use the URL tags, and try to just type
the URL and have the forum auto parse and detect it.
The only reason the example link the OP provided doesn't work is because he was too lazy to use the URL tags.
The auto URL parser only accepts a certain range of characters. If a URL contains characters that the auto URL parser doesn't accept, it will cut the
URL short at that character. If you use the URL tags then that issue doesn't happen.
I believe the reason the auto URL parser ignores certain characters is because those characters are reserved for other things like BBCode. Although
there is a way to make the auto url parser work, it would possibly break functionality elsewhere. Also, it may even create some security issues.
For example, some URLs can contain brackets "[", but this forum uses a type of BBCode format which uses brackets for other things, so the auto URL
parser will ignore brackets.
Here is a URL that has a bracket in it. As you see, the auto url parser stops at the bracket character:
However, if you encase the URL in URL tags, and give it a name, the URL works perfectly with the bracket in it:
this url works
The OP's example URL didn't work because he didn't use the URL tags...
Here it is without tags (broken):
Here it is with tags (fixed):
Just don't be lazy, and use the URL tags....
edit on 14-8-2012 by senselessness because: (no reason given)