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Problem: Somebody link to my blog and he accidently linked to www.abc.com/blog%E2%80%8E instead of www.abc.com/blog/. I beleive %E2%80%8E is the slash /.

[Edit:] I have contacted him to link to correct url but got no reply from him.

Question: How to change %E2%80%8E to slash / using .htaccess?


  1. abc.com has html files & one .htaccess file

  2. abc.com/blog/ has running wordpress and another one .htaccess file

  3. Normally working 301 redirect code in abc.com/blog/ is Redirect 301 /abc.com/blog/asdf /blog/ (but that format doesn't work for %E2%80%8E)

Please let me know if you need more information. Thanks in advance!

  • That's easy. Contact whoever runs the other site and inform them of the error. They will fix the URL without you having to make any changes. Oct 29, 2015 at 17:03
  • I'm sorry that I forgot to mention that I have contacted him but got no reply. I will include this in question. Thanks for providing your thought. :)
    – Myo Win
    Oct 29, 2015 at 17:55

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That other dude got your links totally wrong cause %E2%80%8E is in fact the URL encoding of the UTF-8 encoded unicode codepoint U+200E (LEFT-TO-RIGHT MARK). To cath their link juice anyway, the following might work (note the B flag):

RewriteRule  ^(.+)%E2%80%8E(.*)$  $1/$2 [B]
  • Hi Hagen, It work on non-www version but after seeing 404 page. It doesn't work with www version. Any idea please?
    – Myo Win
    Oct 29, 2015 at 17:53

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