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BUG: New Comment Email: Incorrect link? Answered

Weird bug report here.

I recently commented on this Instructable. When the author had replied, I got an email, as usual. The weird thing about the email is that the link that was posted (see screenshot in top comment), was to THIS Instructable


WHAT?

Further investigation: If you type https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-wood/ into the Google search bar, it'll automatically ocrrect it to https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-wood-desk/ . Could this have happened because it looks like the link was posted incorrectly in the email?

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Yonatan24

2 years ago

Screenshot:

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GerotiCooper

2 years ago

The accented é is not an URI (www link) standard character. In a URI (URL, in this case) it is being replaced with %C3%A9, but the parser for the Instructables site is reading the links in a non-URI format and cuts off the string at the %, and then performs autofills to desk. This is a strange bug since internet controllers should, by default, understand special URI characters since all they do is deal with URI strings.

Paste https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Wood-Décor/ and you can see it change to https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Wood-D%C3%A9cor/ in the address bar of your browser. This is your browser doing an auto-translation to a URI code.

Character encoding is a field as old as computer languages themselves and I'm not going to get into it.

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GerotiCooperGerotiCooper

Reply 2 years ago

Sorry, I mean paste https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Wood-D%C3%A.9co rand it will auto-change to https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Wood-Décor/

How it goes from D to sign is another bug.

The auto-change of https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Wood-D%C3%A9cor to https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Wood-D%C3%A... is another bug when pasting right here in the comment boxes. There are wrong character encoded parsers all over. (Also, the auto hyperlinking is annoying, especially after it has been explicitly unlinked.)

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GerotiCooperGerotiCooper

Reply 2 years ago

https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Wood-D%C3%A.9cor *** Sorry I had to fight this auto-change and hyperlink system tooth and nail and ended up with a mistake.

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Penolopy Bulnick

2 years ago

The accented "e" broke the link. And because it broke the link it tried to get to the next closest webpage. Not sure why this happens, but I have seen this before.