Wiki link doesn't work. Problem with #?

The following (anonymized) link doesn't work:

http://fpt.companyname.se/main/#location=backlog_item_list&filterString=&PDUs[]=Department

When clicking on the link nothing happens. Also no link is seen when doing mouse over.

My guess is that it is the # in the link that complicates things. As # is a delimiter character in this wiki. In other wikis I have worked with there have been sign to use to tell the wiki to not interpret the character as anything else than the character. For example the ~ sign. I have tried the ~ sign and search the documentation for any similar thing but haven’t found any.

Could anyone give me a hint of what to do?

3 answers

1 accepted

Hello there,
I was able to reproduce the same problem that you have stated. I believe that this is a bug, thus why I took the liberty to raise a bug as you can see below:

https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONF-32894

I would strongly suggest that you vote on this issue to increase its popularity and add it to your watchlist for future updates.

Cheers,
WZ

2 votes

Hi There

Looking at the link that you've provided above it may be that the URL is actually invalid. As you're probably aware the #, = and & characters have special meaning within a url. The # character represents a link to a fragement of a document and the =, & characters are used to indicate and seperate name value pairs within a URL.

The URL you've posted I would interpret as being a link to a page (http://fpt.companyname.se/main/) that contains a link with a name of "#location=backlog_item_list&filterString=&PDUs[]=Department" which seems strange. It might make more sense if the # was replaced by a ? as you'd then be accessing http://fpt.companyname.se/main/and supplying the following name/value pairs:

location=backlog_item_list
filterString=''
PDUs[]=Department

This may help with this issue. If you want to know more about urls in general then the following may be of interest:

http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/appendix/notes.html#non-ascii-chars

http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1738.txt

I hope this helps.

I have copied the link from my browser. There is a # in it and it works fine if a paste it in another window.

I will not argue about if it is a "valid" link or not. But I would be happy if you can provide a workaround.

Are those square brackets in the URL? I think Confluence chokes on those.

I tested adding incremental bits of that url to a link. I only failed ot be able to click the link after I added those.

Having #location in a URL can be perfectly valid depending on the type of app.

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