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For some reason my [Model View Controller](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model–view–controller) markup doesn't turn into a hyperlink on my answer. Other instances of this style of adding external links worked fine in my answer. I tried fiddling with line breaks but even when the entire content is on a single line, the hyperlink never renders.

I use the [foo](URL) markup all the time, so I'm surprised that this specific case doesn't render as I expect.

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Sorry for updating it, but I figured you wanted a working link for your answer to be more meaningful which works fine using the [][] url syntax –  davidsleeps Jun 2 '11 at 2:03
    
@davidsleeps, heh, I really dislike keeping track of numbers for URLs manually, so I'll never go to the effort of writing one that way myself, but thanks for fixing my post. :) –  sarnold Jun 2 '11 at 2:04
    
I still think there is an issue that you described though perhaps...because the same formatted urls were working –  davidsleeps Jun 2 '11 at 2:14
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Note that Firefox and now Chrome will both automatically encode such problem URLs for you when copying them out of the address bar. This is done specifically because so many sites have trouble dealing with the unencoded versions. So if you're using a browser that doesn't do this... Well, one more reason to stop hurting yourself. –  Shog9 Jun 2 '11 at 2:43

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Note that those are not dashes.

[Model View Controller](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model–view–controller)
Model View Controller

Not sure why Wikipedia insists on doing this, but the plain text ASCII equivalents always work.

[Model View Controller](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model-view-controller)
Model View Controller

I believe inserting the link using the URL toolbar button, or ctrl+l also works because it will encode the characters for you:

enter link description here

Yes, it does.

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Wow. Crazy. Thanks Jeff, I never would have found that. Is there any point in trying to fix markup to Do The Right Thing when using copy-and-paste rather than menu-ey things? –  sarnold Jun 2 '11 at 2:23

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