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I've answered a question on SO here. Embedded are two seemingly identical hyperlinks - but only one appears in markdown preview. Same when the page is returned from the server. The first was typed, the second pasted - after googling for the wikipedia page for 'Model-View-Controller'. Both links can be seen in the source.

Browser is Safari on OS X.

What's going on there?

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It is the dashes; they are right (45) in the first link, and wrong (8211 = en-dash) in the second. Change the dashes. Did you copy them from the same place?

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Thanks for that Mark - I googled for MVC, visited the wikipedia page, and pasted in the url to the popup box. Then when it didn't work I typed it in. – martin clayton Sep 23 '10 at 6:28
@martin - indeed, wiki does have an en-dash version of the same page, but when I copy the URL in Chrome the url is correctly escaped to – Marc Gravell Sep 23 '10 at 6:38
@martin often the plain-ascii equivalent also works in wikipedia urls – Jeff Atwood Sep 23 '10 at 7:54
interesting, time to update my Chrome and give it a spin. I was using Safari on OS X. Firefox escapes as does Chrome. I should have made the deductive leap from 'I see no differences' to 'the difference must be invisible'... Thanks again. – martin clayton Sep 23 '10 at 9:34
@Jeff - thanks - the ascii equivalent does indeed work here. Seems like Safari is somewhat lacking when it comes to copy-paste of URLs from the address bar with chars that need to be escaped. – martin clayton Sep 23 '10 at 22:18

As of recently, when entering a link via the button (or Ctrl-L), the characters will automatically be escaped.

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