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Something funky is happening with the way URLs are parsed on the Careers site for applications.

Normal URLs such as <a href="//">Foo</a> parse correctly and act as a hyperlink that renders as the text Foo. However, the same link with a target="_blank" in the element such as:

<a target="_blank" href="//>Foo</a> renders as" target="_blank">foo

Also, the raw HTML sent is:

<a href="&lt;a href=" http:="" //"" "="" rel="nofollow">Foo</a>" target="_blank"&gt;<a href="//" rel="nofollow">Foo</a></div>

It looks like whatever is parsing the <a> tags just didn't anticipate other attributes in the element, so complex attributes get treated as raw URLs. I have an application in my inbox full of these broken links from someone on Feb 13th who's email has an md5 hash 0e17213e867e2801be836c6b41674cc7 (I don't want to post stuff publicly).

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This sounds like a bug, looking into it. – Nick Larsen Feb 14 '12 at 15:04
Is that missing fourth double-quote in the target-blank example part of the bug or a typo? – Time Traveling Bobby Feb 14 '12 at 15:52
@Bobby I've added an image to the Q with censored URLs. This issue exists over multiple applications received, and one that I've personally sent (and I'm confident I did not goof up with the WYSIWYG editor) – Incognito Feb 14 '12 at 15:58
up vote 3 down vote accepted

This was a bug and has been fixed. Thanks for the report.

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Thank you so much, the applications look so much cleaner now. – Incognito Feb 14 '12 at 16:06

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