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How can I view alt text for a web image (xkcd.com) on an Android based browser?

It has a link, but it is in parentheses:

(http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200604/alt_text_is_an_alternative_not_a_tooltip/)

Markdown isn't converting this into a link correctly.

When I move the parentheses a bit, it does:

( http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200604/alt_text_is_an_alternative_not_a_tooltip/ )

I haven't seen this documented as a feature yet, so I'm guessing it's a bug.

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@Ladybug: your edit should have been an answer to the question (or a comment), I guess. – Hendrik Vogt Mar 6 '11 at 14:40
    
@Ladybug: your edit is precisely what I wanted to avoid. The link should have been detected automatically, just like the second example. I unrolled your edit. – Nathan Fellman Mar 6 '11 at 15:22
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Auto-linking of URLs directly after an opening parenthesis (or, for that matter, any non-word character) will work after the next build. The original Markdown requires a whitespace character before an auto-linked URL, but I don't really agree with that (and in comments, this has already worked for a long time).

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Nope, this should not be a link, feel free to compare it yourself in a skadillion different Markdown engines:

http://goo.gl/D1QgA

In no case is that converted to a link. But putting it in < > should work:

It has a link, but it is in parentheses:

(http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200604/alt_text_is_an_alternative_not_a_tooltip/)

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