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I was investigating the cause of hyperlinks breaking on a friend's website. She copies over her content from email and pastes it in the Wordpress editor. In a few articles, the content between the a tags has wbr in it and that seems to break the hyperlinks. You can find it on http://chandni.org/information-about-awards-scholarships-and-more/ In case it's fixed by the time you see the thread, the copied content

<a href="http://www.msrlm.org/mrlif/faqenglish.html" target="_blank">http://www.msrlm.org/mrlif/<wbr />faqenglish.html</a>

what is shown by wordpress

<a href="http://www.msrlm.org/mrlif/faqenglish.html" target="_blank" rel="external nofollow" title="" class="ext-link"></a><a href="http://www.msrlm.org/mrlif/" rel="nofollow">http://www.msrlm.org/mrlif/</a><wbr>faqenglish.html

I am guessing it's due to the fact that it uses and not . Should I replace the former with the latter? Looking for inputs from people who're familiar with wbr tag.

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    This sounds like a feature request/bugreport. Have you tried to contact wordpress.org for your support options in this case? Documentation of the WBR HTML tag is available here: developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTML/Element/wbr – hakre May 25 '13 at 11:23
  • @hakre no, I haven't yet contacted wordpress support yet. I tried all the variations <wbr>, <wbr></wbr>, <wbr />. In all cases, the link gets broken. Definitely need to file a bug report. It may not be wordpress directly, it could be the TinyMCE editor. I'll figure it out and file a bug with appropriate project. Thank You. – mehulved May 27 '13 at 4:33
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I just checked this on a test site. I added only this link to a post.

<a href="http://www.msrlm.org/mrlif/faqenglish.html" target="_blank">http://www.msrlm.org/mrlif/<wbr />faqenglish.html</a>

The result from the page source is:

<p><a href="http://www.msrlm.org/mrlif/faqenglish.html" target="_blank">http://www.msrlm.org/mrlif/<wbr />faqenglish.html</a></p>
  • Verify the site is using the latest WordPress version,
  • Temporarily disable all plugins to rule out a plugin conflict,
  • Switch themes to rule out a theme problem.
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