Bug 19827 - google search result has extraneous space in place of 'wbr'
Summary: google search result has extraneous space in place of 'wbr'
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: WebKit
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Evangelism (show other bugs)
Version: 525.x (Safari 3.1)
Hardware: All All
: P2 Normal
Assignee: Nobody
URL: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=...
Keywords: GoogleBug
Depends on:
Reported: 2008-06-30 10:44 PDT by Jungshik Shin
Modified: 2008-09-17 20:19 PDT (History)
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Description Jungshik Shin 2008-06-30 10:44:25 PDT
1. Go to the url above
2. The first hit (as of today) is 

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Note that the last line (the url in green) has a space before 'publications'.  Google search result emits <wbr> before 'publication' apparently to help browsers with line breaking. Firefox and IE take it just as a line breaking opportunity but Safari replaces <wbr> with a space. (tested on WIndows but expects Mac Safari to behave the same way)
Comment 1 Jungshik Shin 2008-07-01 13:25:02 PDT
It seems that Google emits 'space' for Safari while it emits <wbr> for Firefox.  

So,  Google needs to be 'persuaded' to either omit 'wbr'/space altogether (assuming webkit's line breaking handles edge cases like urls reasonably) or use 'wbr' for Safari as well. 

Comment 2 mitz 2008-09-17 10:25:37 PDT
Is this fixed on the Google side now?
Comment 3 Jungshik Shin 2008-09-17 20:19:22 PDT
No, it's not.  Somehow Safari 3.1 fails the 1st test at 


However, webkit-trunk passes all the tests there.