When I try to escape a URL (using a backslash), to prevent it being automatically hyperlinked, the preview is rendered like so;


However, upon posting it appears like this;

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I.e. the preview differs from what is actually show in the rendered HTML;

  • Why the backslash?
    – Bart
    Jun 2, 2013 at 12:48
  • @Bart - I don't want this to be parsed as an anchor link, thats why... Jun 2, 2013 at 12:49
  • It'll look fine once you saved the edit
    – djf
    Jun 2, 2013 at 12:51
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    Why is this a bug then - a malformed URL should render like that? If you enclose a URL in a code block (backticks) it will not be clickable.
    – Oded
    Jun 2, 2013 at 12:52
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    @Oded- What if I want this to be rendered just like plain text and not like the pre formatted code. Jun 2, 2013 at 12:53
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    @Oded preview should show exactly how the post will look like once sent. It's not, hence this is indeed bug in preview. Maybe this whole trick is a bug, but still... there is a bug, somewhere. :) Jun 2, 2013 at 12:59

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The backslash appears only in the preview. It'll look fine once you post your answer but - and this is the important difference - the URL won't be rendered as link, only regular text.


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