Especially on phones it would be very helpful if spaces were converted to dashes when inside square brackets (that is, [tag with dashes] -> ). Right now searching on a phone for a tag with multiple words is a hassle because most of the keyboards take several clicks to get to a dash and square brackets. It would make using voice easier too. I've tagged this as android but if there isn't conflicting functionality then it would be nice if it was a global rule.

Or is there a reason that replacing spaces in square brackets would cause a problem? Maybe functionality similar to what we see when tagging question could be used if the space replacement can't be done?

edit We'd also need to convert [tag - with - dashes] -> because the autocomplete (android S4) wants to add the spaces in when you type without them.

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    It took me a few seconds to work out what you meant. Then I understood, and I liked it. I've edited to add an example of what I think you mean; feel free to rollback if I got it wrong. Mar 23, 2014 at 5:35
  • Thanks that does make the question better.
    – Beth Lang
    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:42

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This is a fantastic suggestion and is in the app as of version 1.0.30 coming out later this week.

However, I don't quite understand your edit. If the app is automatically converting every space it sees inside of tag markers to dashes, there isn't a need to use the autocomplete then enter a dash manually. Mind writing down steps for what you do to make it result in [tag - with - dashes]?

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    Yah you might be right. I'll test out the problem I thought I would run into when the new version is out and get back to you if I can break it. It may be that the problem won't come up with the replace functionality in place. Thanks for the fix!
    – Beth Lang
    Mar 31, 2014 at 20:49
  • Can the same thing be done with the full version so that the behavior is consistent... or should I ask that as a separate question?
    – Beth Lang
    Apr 1, 2014 at 4:19
  • @BethWhitezel Separate question please :) Apr 1, 2014 at 4:20
  • done... meta.stackexchange.com/q/227447/152535
    – Beth Lang
    Apr 1, 2014 at 4:29
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    This works great. It doesn't have the spaces problem I was anticipating because you implemented the replacement as you type instead of just on leave.
    – Beth Lang
    Apr 5, 2014 at 3:31

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