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Links with URIs of schemes other than http/https are broken

I can't add link to windows store app, since MS is using the ms-windows-store: protocol. For example this link works in browser, it opens the Windows store with our application.


But if I put it as a link, Stack Overflow is complaining that


is not a valid link. Note the http added in front. If I try it with


it still is not recognized as a link by the SO engine.

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    Why would you need to put such a link here?
    – user102937
    Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 16:54
  • AFAIK, the Windows 8 Store is accessible from Windows 8 and up only. Allowing these knds of links would give broken ones to those of us who don't have it. Hardly a universal protocol. Itunes apps have a web-based preview page, does the W8 store not have something similar?
    – Pekka
    Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 16:55
  • I've reproed with plain text, <>, []() and [][] formatting, so it's not just you. However, like Robert, I don't know why you would need to actually create a link, instead of just stating "my app links to ms-windows-store:PDP?PFN=WebMarket...."
    – Pops
    Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 16:59
  • I was trying to answer a question how to put direct link to windows store, and yes it has web preview, don't understand why downvote ? Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 17:00
  • here is the question stackoverflow.com/questions/13236111/… Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 17:01
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    Ah, I see from your profile that you don't spend much time on Meta. Welcome! Downvotes here often indicate disagreement, not problems with your post. I'm guessing that the downvoters think it's good that ms-windows-store: is not supported, and disagree with your assessment that it is a bug.
    – Pops
    Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 17:06
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    Oh, thanks for clarification, when I think about it I agree now with downvoters, it's really not a bug :) Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 17:20

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That's because it's not a valid link anywhere except in Windows 8.

This doesn't seem worth fixing - we don't support every possible link protocol out there and I don't think your example really needs to be a link either. You're showing the link format for the OP and that seems sufficient.

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