I tried to add a comment that included this text:


But it showed up like this:


How can I prevent auto-hyperlinking in a comment?

The magic: (view edit (not source))

  • Like this: https://‎username@password:www.mysite.com/mypath/ ? – random Oct 5 '09 at 13:00
  • Yes. Please post whatever you did as an answer. – Jeremy Stein Oct 5 '09 at 13:05
  • @Stein Go into edit mode for your question and check out what's been added. – random Oct 5 '09 at 13:08
  • like this? https://username@password:www.mysite.com/mypath/ -- just put it in a code block delimited by ` – Jeff Atwood Nov 4 '09 at 8:45
  • We detected an invalid link in your post, please correct it. (this message will be automatically removed when the link is fixed) – Community May 14 '12 at 5:24

Simply use the code `` delimiters


The examples above use U+200E Left-to-Right Mark as a zero-width joining character to break up a sequence that would be spotted as a link otherwise. This is a bit dodgy IMO; directionality characters have a specific use and this isn't it. Although U+200E isn't one of the directionality characters described by W3/Unicode as discouraged for use in markup, there is an argument for stripping them out, as the ‘discouraged’ characters definitely should be.

I suggest U+200D Zero-Width Joiner instead. (Although, in practice I tend to use U+200B Zero-Width Space, since my keyboard makes it easy to type.)

  • The better yet solution. – random Oct 6 '09 at 13:21

You're going to have to include some Unicode character that will be taken out by the parser and breaks the URL at the same time.


Which kind of looks like this:

https://<hidden unicode here>username@password:example.com/mypath/
  • Ok, trying that: http<b>:</b>//this.is@test.com – Jeremy Stein Oct 5 '09 at 13:04
  • As you can see, that didn't work. – Jeremy Stein Oct 5 '09 at 13:04
  • Trying the edited answer: https://‎username@password:example.com/mypath/ – Jeremy Stein Oct 5 '09 at 13:09
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    So, besides copying your answer, how does one create a hidden character? – Jeremy Stein Oct 5 '09 at 13:09
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    Take the surnames of your two creators and reverse them. Then chroma map one of the other characters and you've now created Noob Saibot. Or just use this: fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/200e/index.htm – random Oct 5 '09 at 13:24

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