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URL inside parenthesis are not automatically hyperlinked

For example if I do: (http://www.google.com) It does not become a link.

But if I do http://www.google.com it works fine.

Other Examples that work (but in a hacky way):

Why do we need all of these hacky ways to make a link in parenthesis?

Is this , and if so why?

And if not, this is a

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  • @TimStone hehe that is in my question :-P just noticed that now.
    – Naftali
    Dec 19, 2011 at 15:30

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The correct way is actually to place angled brackets around the URL to turn the text into links. In the original Markdown specifications, users would have to add in the angled brackets manually, but SO does auto-linkification, which is more user friendly.

Your link would look like


In code:

  • Fine... but that is just another hack.
    – Naftali
    Dec 19, 2011 at 15:31
  • @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA It's not a hack - it's how Markdown is suppose to work. The fact that most links are automatically processed is just something SO adds to make things easier.
    – Yi Jiang
    Dec 19, 2011 at 15:32

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