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Youtube URLs broken - well, sort of, and how to suppress spurious text formatting issues

Youtube has started using unusual characters, and sequences of, within its URLs.

For complicated reasons this breaks the EuroGA text processor, and while almost anything can be fixed in software, there is no cheap fix for this one short of a big re-write. So we have to find ways of handling it. I can fix up peoples’ posts but would appreciate if people took note of this because I don’t always have the time.

The first issue is the “share” URL (which is a shorter version of the one shown in the browser URL window) now generally needs a blank line after it. So if you have it as the last line in your post, it won’t show. The two solutions are

  • use the full URL from the browser window
  • make sure the “share” URL is not the last line in your post

The second issue is the use of double hyphens in some YT URLs. This is not “illegal” per HTML specification but is really stupid (and completely pointless) and it will break a lot of older sites. This issue exists with both the full URL and the “share” URL. The solution is to enclose the URL in the “pre” tags, like this example

If the space character shown above is omitted, the fix still works but any text after the video will show up in Courier font

If anyone knows anybody who is good in Ruby on Rails, I am interested. It would not be unpaid work but we cannot afford the standard Ruby commercial rates of 1k/day or so.

For your own videos, is a much better site which delivers a nice short URL as well as a much better quality of video.

Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom

I have updated post #1 with solutions for the Youtube URL issues.

Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom

There is another solution for sidestepping various text formatting issues:

Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom
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