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Bug 4930 - Handling of nonsignificant spaces and underscores in wiki links
Handling of nonsignificant spaces and underscores in wiki links
Status: NEW
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Page editing (Other open bugs)
All All
: Lowest enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-02-09 15:44 UTC by lɛʁi לערי ריינהארט
Modified: 2014-04-11 15:54 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description lɛʁi לערי ריינהארט 2006-02-09 15:44:42 UTC

I understand that wiki links are "scanned" for ":" characters in order to
identify interwiki prefixes and / or namespaces and / or pagenames. In addition
the heading ":" character marks inline links (images, categories and
interlanguage links if activated).

Heading and trailing sequences of spaces and / or underlines for these entities
(except before the first entity are *not* significant.

The question is "How to deal with them?"
I was surprised that such sequences are "stripped" when rendering redirects.
Please make a preview in the url from above and save the page.

Nevertheless such sequences render on other pages. I can not identify any use of
such sequences. Probably they should be always stripped in wiki links. In order
*not* to confuse users they should be stripped also from the page source during

This is no limitation to interwiki links to non MediaWiki sites: The wiki links
would stripp these sequences anyway.

This request does not handle what to do with such sequences outsite wiki links.
I suggest leave them as they are.

best regards reinhardt [[user:gangleri]]
Comment 1 lɛʁi לערי ריינהארט 2006-02-09 15:54:01 UTC
more tests at
Comment 2 Quim Gil 2014-04-11 15:54:01 UTC
Hi lɛʁi, it is the second time I land in this bug report, and it is the second time I don't get an exact idea of the problem you are reporting and th solution you are proposing. This is clearly because I haven't dedicated time enough to follow the steps of your test page (which still exists in beta!). Still, coul you or someone summarize?

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