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Tech:Mailto formatting

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Moved from en:Wikitravel:Feature requests by Evan

If you have a mailto like [] the text of the link is presented in the web browser as Instead it should be formatted as since Actual Users don't really care about URL encodings and it's unnecessary and ugly obfuscation.

It Would Be Nice if [] were treated as equivalent to [] since email addresses really can't be confused with URLs and it would be easier for the nontechnical contributor to type. -- Colin 16:40, 27 April 2006 (EDT)

These are both good ideas. Some other url formats use "@" (to put the username in, like for an FTP site), but their usefulness on wikis in general and Wikitravel in particular are, say, 4-5 orders of magnitude less than email addresses. I agree that this is preferable. --Evan 16:50, 27 April 2006 (EDT)
You should parse it as an email-address only if it first fails to parse as a URL. Email addresses which are valid URLs ( can just be prefixed with mailto ([1]) to clarify what the contributor means. -- Colin 17:58, 27 April 2006 (EDT)
Perhaps I misunderstand something, but this appears to have already been implemented. --Peter Talk 16:54, 25 March 2008 (EDT)