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Bug 4451 - Problem with Arabic characters in all links!
Problem with Arabic characters in all links!
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
PC Windows XP
: Normal normal with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-01-02 18:55 UTC by D. C.
Modified: 2010-05-15 15:38 UTC (History)
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description D. C. 2006-01-02 18:55:47 UTC
One of the powerful features of the software is that it has the name of the article in the kink 
itself such as:

So ideally, a link it Arabic should look like this:أدونيس

But unfortunetly in the browsre bar + even when hovering over the link the link that appears in the 
status bar is always like that:

Check any link here and the problem is always the same even in Arabic-enabled 

I was thinking of building a non-profit project with the software, but this problem has really put 
me off, I hope there is a solution for it.

Thanks a lot
Comment 1 Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 2006-01-02 18:58:48 UTC
Resolving as INVALID, all links must be encoded properly, that is out of our
Comment 2 Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 2006-01-02 19:01:46 UTC
...furthermore how your browser displays URI encoded strings is up to the
browser, not us.
Comment 3 D. C. 2006-01-03 11:35:33 UTC
Thanks for the reply.

1- How do I ensure that links are encoded properly?
2- and what browsers do you receommend? because I noticed the same problem in other languages of wikipedia 
such as hebrew.

Thanks a lot!
Comment 4 Brion Vibber 2006-01-03 23:54:43 UTC
This is the URI (Universal Resource Indentifier) encoding of an IRI 
(Internationalized Resource Identifier), for maximum compatibility.

See for background 

If your browser understands IRIs, it may display them in a nice, attractive style. 
Off the top of my head, Safari is known to do this; Firefox doesn't. I'm not sure 
about MSIE.

As browsers continue to move ahead, IRI display will continue to improve in 
Comment 5 Rob Church 2006-01-04 11:30:18 UTC
That's a "no" on IE.

(Well, what did you expect? ;-)

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