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I think a better case of ambiguity is:

How about //a link, like http://example.org, in italic text? //

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I think it gets more complex when the protocol isn't recognised by the wiki parser. If a wiki that limits the procotols for raw links, to say just (http, ftp). What should a parser do with https://www.example.org ?

I think it should render it as seen ( http://www.example.org ) and not treat the as italics.

-- JaredWilliams, 2007-02-23

Url (plus e-mail address) is something like

(\b[a-z]{3,6}://\S+[^,.;:?!'"() ](\s|[,.;:?!'"()]|$)|[A-Za-z._-]+@[a-z.-]+[a-z]) 
matched before the the italics are matched. The example given before:
... for example://apples//, oranges, **pears** ...

is an example of when markup adds perceived spacing that doesn't appear in the rendered page -- and as such is an obvious mistake on the side of the user. Of course, it would be nice to minimize the opportunities for such errors -- MoinMoin does have a list of accepted protocols and uses only these -- also for security reasons. Limiting the length of the protocol name is another trick -- unfortunately, from the kind of "smart" ones that work only sometimes and add to the confusion.

Personally I can live both without highlighting urls or with an apportunity for occasional wrong highlighting. I can also live with "__foo__" for italics, but we discussed this already. -- RadomirDopieralski, 2007-02-23

I think the following line is in error and that italics there should not be parsed, but rather shown as double slash:

This is what can go wrong://this should be an italic text//.

In a sentence, if you use a colon, you should always put at least one space afterwards. (Some typists teach that you should even put two spaces after a colon, but I have never followed this.) In any case, I would consider a colon without a space after it an error. This solves this ambiguity issue imho.

--ChuckSmith, 2007-Feb-27

Shall I search Wikipedia and show you how many people don't put a space after the colon? :)

-- RadomirDopieralski, 2007-02-2007

Plain URLs without markup aren't supposed to be converted automatically to links, are they?

If they aren't, I suggest we stick with that. It's easy enough to add brackets, and there will always be cases where the engine won't recognize a whole URL correctly. I've already seen such cases on this site.

-- YvesPiguet, 2007-02-27

They are. I remember arguing against it initially, but I changed my mind and actually would argue for it now. It's the sane thing to do if you can avoid false positives (and you can, by listing the protocolas accepted).

-- RadomirDopieralski, 2007-02-27

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