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Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 23 months ago

#50191 new enhancement

Propose https prefix, not http for external links

Reported by: casiepa's profile casiepa Owned by:
Milestone: Future Release Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Editor Keywords: needs-patch
Focuses: ui-copy Cc:


The text says: The URL you entered seems to be an external link. Do you want to add the required http:// prefix?

Might be better to propose to prefix 'https://' as default.

Change History (8)

#1 @noisysocks
4 years ago

  • Focuses ui-copy added
  • Keywords needs-patch good-first-bug added

Sure, good suggestion.

#2 @noisysocks
4 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to Future Release

This ticket was mentioned in PR #768 on WordPress/wordpress-develop by iamazik.

4 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

Update the default HTTP prefix to HTTPS as most sites now a days has SSL enabled and it's good for everything.

Trac ticket:

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4 years ago

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aristath commented on PR #768:

4 years ago

Patch looks good to me :+1:

#6 follow-up: @desrosj
23 months ago

  • Keywords 2nd-opinion added

This one seems to be a bit more involved than just simply changing these two strings. Those strings are copied directly from the TinyMCE library and included here for translation purposes. I believe that changing them in class-wp-editor.php without changing them in TinyMCE would result in those strings no longer being translated properly.

TinyMCE is currently on version 6.2, and WordPress includes 4.9.11 (last updated in [49557]). And far as I can tell, the 4.x branch is no longer maintained upstream, and we have not made any changes to the version of the library included in Core.

We could make changes to the bundled version on a case by case basis. But it would make it much more difficult to merge in an update from the maintainers should one become available (though unlikely). While this change does make sense (HTTPS is the protocol used on 80%+ of websites now), I'm not sure that it's worth the effort. Especially where WordPress no longer uses this library by default.

@azaozz Do you have any thoughts here?

#7 in reply to: ↑ 6 @azaozz
23 months ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added; has-patch 2nd-opinion removed

Replying to desrosj:

Yes, the strings can be changed easily, but the function that adds the http:// prefix has to be updated too. That seems to be part of the link plugin (if I'm not mistaken, it's been years...).

I'm also not sure it's worth the effort, unless it is a very easy/straightforward change.

#8 @davidbaumwald
23 months ago

  • Keywords good-first-bug removed

This came up at #WCUS Contributor Day. Given the maintenance issues with fixing this and needing some sort of decision on whether it should even be handled, removing the good-first-bug keyword.

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