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If you want to link to a tag search such as the following:

http://stackoverflow.com/search?q=[xml]+[php]+parse

It won't create a link unless the square brackets are URL encoded. That is, this doesn't work:

http://stackoverflow.com/search?q=[xml]+[php]+parse

But this does:

http://stackoverflow.com/search?q=%5Bxml%5D+%5Bphp%5D+parse

Would it be feasible to automatically URL encode these links?

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So apparently the solution is to use a link created with Ctrl-L or the link button in the toolbar.

This confused me because the preview below doesn't show a link.

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So apparently the solution is to use a [link created with Ctrl-L or the link button in the toolbar][1].

This confused me because the preview below doesn't show a link.

  [1]: http://stackoverflow.com/search?q=[xml]+[php]+parse
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Try one of the other link formats like so; there is a limit to what the "naked" (most naive) form can support.

http://meta.stackoverflow.com/editing-help

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Sorry Jeff, (or anyone else) can you post the syntax you used for that link? I don't have edit privs to peek. I did try a few different formats - IIRC html didn't work, and neither did the WMD linkify button. – therefromhere Mar 28 '10 at 14:10
    
@therefromhere: meta.stackoverflow.com/revisions/… (and then read the link he posted for more ways of linking) – Shog9 Apr 26 '10 at 21:17
    
@Jeff - I noticed that using the syntax you suggest, the link doesn't appear in the preview (on Firefox 3.6.3 on Windows 7) - is this a known bug? (see my answer meta.stackexchange.com/questions/44272/… ) – therefromhere May 2 '10 at 11:36
    
@there there are about 5 different link syntaxes; did you try them all? The client side JavaScript Markdown renderer may have subtle deviations from the C# server side Markdown renderer. – Jeff Atwood May 2 '10 at 22:19
    
the link format created by Ctrl-L was the one I was referring to, I haven't tried the others. – therefromhere May 2 '10 at 23:19

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