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Bug 5100 - Old links that escape spaces as + do not work
Old links that escape spaces as + do not work
Status: RESOLVED WONTFIX
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
unspecified
All All
: Lowest minor (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
http://www.wikipedia.com/wiki/Alan+Tu...
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Reported: 2006-02-26 06:26 UTC by Matthew Flaschen
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:06 UTC (History)
0 users

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Description Matthew Flaschen 2006-02-26 06:26:28 UTC
Old links like "http://www.wikipedia.com/wiki/Alan+Turing" , which escape spaces
with + do not work.  They are redirected to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan+Turing, which brings up a 404.  They should go
to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing .
Comment 1 Tim Starling 2006-02-26 07:53:10 UTC
The fact that links like one above used to work was a bug. According to the specs, + 
should be converted to space in query strings, but not in paths. This non-compliant 
behaviour has now been fixed. Since we have now configured apache to stop irreversibly 
mangling plus signs, we can now use them in titles. This was a much-requested feature.

Any links to old URLs should be changed, or in extreme cases, redirect pages can be 
created. 
Comment 2 Matthew Flaschen 2006-02-26 07:57:24 UTC
I can't change them.  I just saw some on Xtrj.org, the partial encyclopedia
mirror than no one can edit.  I'm not asking that regular en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
links accept plusses.  However, it was accepted practice for wikipedia.com
links.  Wikipedia itself formatted the links like that; see
http://web.archive.org/web/20020622034455/http://www.wikipedia.com/wiki/Turing+machine
.  I'm just asking for backwards compatibility.
Comment 3 Rob Church 2006-02-26 15:26:44 UTC
Different software, no longer messes up links.

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