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When I type a URL in angle brackets, such as <>, in a comment, the URL is not detected and linked. Supporting this would allow links to be used more naturally in the flow of text in a comment.

This notation is recommended for embedding URLs in running text by RFC 2396; quotes are also recommended (I do not know if quotes work or not).

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I looked at this, but it'd be another regex pass on every single comment as it is displayed.

IMO the <> syntax isn't useful enough to justify its presence in the comment subset -- just type the bare URL, or use the supported [link]( syntax.

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You can just put the bare URL and it will be linked. As an alternative to that, you can make a link say whatever you want (including the text of the URL) if you surround the text with [] followed by the URL in ().


See the working example below.

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<> – Bill the Lizard Jul 11 '10 at 2:42
Thank you - this does work as a work-around. I had not thought of it (I did not realize that the subset of Markdown supported in comments includes titled hyperlinks). – Michael Ekstrand Aug 16 '10 at 2:43

Just add the raw url. SO will automatically make it a live link. See the comment for an example.

share|improve this answer – jjnguy Jul 11 '10 at 5:49
The above comment was created from the source markdown: – jjnguy Jul 11 '10 at 5:50
Yes, adding raw links works. However, it can be quite useful to use a delimiter, particularly if the URL is followed by text which is a valid URL character (such as a comma). – Michael Ekstrand Aug 16 '10 at 2:42

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