• This person. (Edit post to see that "This person" should be a link)
  • The non-accented form does work, though. (Luckily, Wikipedia does a redirect)
  • Using the long form from the popup does work with the accent, though.
  • As seen in my comment to this question, short-form does work in comments.
  • As seen here, it also works in chat.

So.. At the very least, it's inconsistent.

  • Testing comments EDIT: Short form does work in comments. Interesting bug.
    – Izkata
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 0:32
  • I use is.gd or some other shortener for links like this. Not optimal, but it works.
    – phantom42
    Commented Feb 9, 2013 at 2:31

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You need to use URL encoding for non-ASCII characters such as accented letters:



Both Chrome and Firefox encode the accented letter when I copy-paste the whole URL from the URL bar. If you use the hyperlink tool of the markdown editor and enter the URL with the accented letter, the tool inserts the encoded URL.

Given that most natural methods to insert a URL result in something that works, I'm guessing a here.

Markdown renderer doesn't accept é or ö in links on the main meta was marked when the markdown editor hyperlink insertion tool became capable of translating non-ASCII characters into their URL encoding.

  • I did copy/paste from Firefox, though... The weirder thing is that it does work in comments.
    – Izkata
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 0:47

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