Last modified: 2012-02-20 17:10:14 UTC
A URL like the one above (<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/fr%3A>) used to redirect
to (for this example) <http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/>. The result is that one
could create an interwiki link like [[w:fr:]] (say from the French-language
Wikibooks site) to get to the main page on the French-language Wikipedia.
(Obviously this would not be appropriate for the interwiki link on the main
page, but it's a great shorthand on talk pages and user pages.)
This no longer works. Instead, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/fr%3A> is parsed as
a [[Bad page]] on the English-language Wikipedia. So now some links on my
various user pages are broken. And although it's not true in my case, there may
be other users using such a link (say, between two French-language sites) in a
context where the follower of the link may not even be able to read the English
text on [[w:en:Bad page]]. (The previous behaviour would never have delivered
any English-language text to such a link.)
That should be [[Bad title]], not [[Bad page]]. But now I notice another change:
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/w:en:Foo> breaks, whereas I'm pretty sure that it
used to redirect to <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo>. In any case, that would
be a good idea!
-- [[w:en:User:Toby Bartels|Toby Bartels]] (a link to a URL that breaks, you'll
notice -- <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/w%3Aen%3AUser%3AToby_Bartels> should
redirect to <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User%3AToby_Bartels> -- but a very
natural link to make, if one doesn't think of the English-language Wikipedia as
the default Wikimedia site, and therefore is in the habit of specifying it
explicitly when it ''is'' intended)
I have looked at this bug again. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/fr%3A correctly redirects to the french wikipedia. Same for [[w:fr:]].
This bug has been solved at some point during the last 8 years or so.