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XF 1.1 How to disable this frustrating special characters link madness?


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The title is pretty mad i'm aware of it.

As @Mike said about how designed it is when we paste links that include characters like á ã ú, common in some languages in other places from our Xenforo...

I get a bit frustrated because when trying to use the share functions in twitter, etc... That special characters are converted from "música" to "m%C3%BAsica", and for me it simply doesn't look clean, and it gives me work to edit the link and replace that result back into "música".

I ask, is there something to make this work correctly or some suggestion? Or do like many scripts, cut-off the letters with this special characters? :)

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In 1.2, you can force all URLs to be "Romanized" so accents are stripped and characters are converted to basic A-Z characters. Then you won't run into the issue.

Otherwise, this is fundamentally how URLs work. Here's one for a Wikipedia article: http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/美国诉黄金德案 (http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%BE%8E%E5%9B%BD%E8%AF%89%E9%BB%84%E9%87%91%E5%BE%B7%E6%A1%88)
Or using an English example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Résumé (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9sum%C3%A9)


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Ah that will help! It's odd how browsers act with this, i don't see any reason for they don't be like "accents-friendly".

In all cases it converts back to the normal form on post. But in Twitter sharing a post if it shows that "code" it won't convert it on post and shows the link that way.


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Why do you have no idea it exists? Have you lost the ability to see what's on your screen?
The search is right there. On every page :p
Not quite the search, many times in the forum help requests i see replies of features there is no way info about, like for example, be possible to sort RSS feeds by time, etc... to get new topics instead of recent topics. :cautious: