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If you try to enter a internationalized domain name as your "website" in your profile, it will be silently stripped of any non-English characters.

Ex: My webiste is http://linus.unnebäck.se/ but when I try to enter that it saves it as http://linus.unnebck.se/ when it actually should display linus.unnebäck.se and link to http://linus.xn--unnebck-9wa.se/ (or just link with the ä, don't now what is the right thing to do).

As I wrote this post I also noticed that the markup ends the link at the first non-English character aswell, look at the example above.

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With markup I mean the form where you write your posts, or actually the backend which converts the things I type to (x)html. – Linus Unnebäck Mar 9 '10 at 16:56
    
We detected an invalid domain linked in your post. This is likely caused due to sample code not being in a code block. (this message will be automatically removed when the link is fixed) – Community May 14 '12 at 5:24
    
working on fix for the invalid detection here – waffles May 14 '12 at 7:02
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When John Smithers edited this post, I noticed that it works if you escape the unicode character. So http://linus.unnebäck.se actually works. The markdown source for this is http://linus.unnebäck.se. It's still just a workaround, but better than those xn--bla-xyz things.

Since SO takes a whitelisting approach to characters in links, I suspect there won't be a change anytime soon; especially since Jeff is notorious for talking about "crazy moon language" for umlauts et al. But I agree it would be nice.


Epilogue: Seven weeks after I wrote this, Jeff hired me – and it only took me a little over five years to make good on the "it would be nice" thing. And umlauts and ASCII characters lived together in harmony and happily ever after.

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Jeff is a bit too anglo-centric for my liking sometimes. After all, he's running an international community. On the other hand, IDNs arguably add a layer of horrible chaos to what used to be a half-way straightforward system. I think we would have been better off without them. – Pëkka Mar 9 '10 at 18:51
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"Jeff is a bit too anglo-centric for my liking sometimes" - I18n is an incredibly complex thing to get right, especially for the first few releases of a project, even more so if you've never done it before. Some projects have a person just dedicated to I18n! I don't think it's fair to blame Jeff for this. (P.S. Germans are also anglo, as in anglo-saxon) – Mark Henderson Mar 9 '10 at 20:52
    
I don't understand your crazy moon languages!! But then, I barely understand English, or as we like to call it, "American". – Jeff Atwood Mar 9 '10 at 23:56
    
Surprised to see that this actually works in my profile. Wouldn't that allow for url-obfuscation of some kind? – Linus Unnebäck Mar 10 '10 at 18:58
    
We detected an invalid link in your post, please correct it. (this message will be automatically removed when the link is fixed) – Community May 14 '12 at 5:24
    
working on fix for the invalid detection – waffles May 14 '12 at 7:02
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It'd be nice if this were fixed for Japanese.SE. A user wanted to link to 国語文法.com and had no idea how. I was able to work around it for now by escaping, but... – snailboat May 15 '15 at 15:01
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Awesome epilogue! Thanks for taking the time and adding it :) – Linus Unnebäck Jul 5 '15 at 16:23

As balpha notes, there is a workaround -- use the encoded version of the crazy moon language characters:

http://linus.unnebäck.se

This is fairly standard for oddball URL characters since we have a strict whitelist.

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