Further to Tim Stone's response to my bug report regarding what turned out to be an en dash in an URL: Would it be reasonable for markdown mini to replace en dashes with normal hyphens? Or is that Wikipedia article's URL just a fluke?

  • I wouldn't have thought it would be a problem often encountered.
    – Rory
    Apr 1, 2012 at 16:28
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    I seem to remember it being a pretty wide-spread problem with Wikipedia URLs once upon a time, but I don't know if it's still prevalent. That aside, doing the replace shouldn't be too difficult, and this might be a special case worth handling if only for the fact that the two characters are somewhat hard to distinguish in the edit box unless they're side-by-side.
    – Tim Stone
    Apr 1, 2012 at 16:34

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No, that would be just wrong. We have, however, changed the handling of not-whitelisted characters in those URLs from "just remove" to "percent-encode", which obviously solves your original problem as well (and others), while not changing the URL – on Wikipedia, different dash kinds may be equivalent, but this probably is not the case everywhere.

  • You and your common sense, bah! Although Wikipedia is the only place I can ever remember seeing dashes in URLs before anyway (and I've seen the entire internet, or something), this is indeed a much saner solution.
    – Tim Stone
    Apr 1, 2012 at 17:03
  • So I can assume this "bug" will be fixed as well, any time soon?
    – slhck
    Apr 1, 2012 at 17:08
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    @slhck Notice that I gave that very post as an example. Edit: Oops, I wanted to. I pasted the wrong link. Fixed. The answer is yes.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Apr 1, 2012 at 17:13
  • Ah, this is welcome change indeed!
    – Shog9
    Apr 1, 2012 at 18:56

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