Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

#2336 closed defect (fixed)

Auto-linking (URI linkification) -- who wants it?

Reported by: shreevatsa Owned by:
Milestone: Component: pidgin (gtk)
Version: 2.1.0 Keywords:


Pidgin (the core libpurple itself I think) has this feature of detecting URLs and turning them into links. While this seems like a good idea, it is irritating when it fails, which is often.

In XMPP (the protocol I use the most, with Google Talk), Pidgin sends both HTML and plain-text with every message, and "text" that links to "url" is sent as "text" <"url">.

You know what happens: When there is a URL like, the thing sent out in plain-text is <>.

Now if the friend's client does not support xhtml-im, they see exactly the above -- the URI twice!

And this (clients not supporting HTML) are very common, and include Google's official clients (Google Talk, GMail) and of course, finch :-)

Especially with long URLs, this can get very irritating for the receiving end. (And with the bug in #2335, they see the URI four times! And there's the #1310 bug too...)

With this in mind, I wonder if this feature is really worth it at all. Pidgin already converts URIs to links in incoming messages, and that works fine. So do Google's clients. So do most clients, I would expect. And so would even gnome-terminal, if the other user is using that to run finch. Is it really necessary?

(Of course, fixing it so that "url" gets sent in the plaintext as "url" and not "url" <"url"> would do as well :-) )

Change History (1)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by seanegan

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

On XMPP, we no longer duplicate URLs this way.

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