I use Trac, a personal wiki tool. I use SVN Tortoise , the subversion tool I use Outlook, Word etc
In all these pieces of software, each time I want to type an url or an email address the software turns it into a hyperlink, suddenly altering the behaviour of the text, often treating as a single entity. (i.e a single back-space deletes the whole url, text-select leaps to select the whole url instead of single letters etc )
Its as helpful to me as the Microsoft Office paper-clip.
Am I the only one that gets annoyed by these things?
If it is generally considered bad UI to do unexpected things. Surely its bad UI.
Update: As Sii says below :
"Most of the time people prefer hyperlinks ... by default"
I suppose that is the truism that I am doubting. Is there any research or evidence to back this up?