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# How to prevent automatic parsing of URLs

RBoy

I’m trying to write an instruction where I want the user to copy paste a URL:

This text
> * Copy paste this url _some.hostname.com_ in to the top box

Is rendered as:

I don’t want discourse to automatically parse the URL since it makes copying it difficult for users and they end up clicking the link instead of copying it which defeats the purpose of the instruction.

How can I do this?

I know this is tricky because you want the forum to automatically parse the URL for most URL’s but is there a way to specify that it should not parse this URL? If not can this be a request?

neil

You can use backticks.

www.discourse.org

codinghorror

In general check out http://commonmark.org/help for reference on issues like this! Try the 10 minute interactive tutorial, it teaches a lot.