Second word on line after reference link gets highlighted

Steps to reproduce

  1. Create a file like:

    Foo Bar Bat
  2. Observe in source mode.

Expected result

The word “Bar” to be formatted exactly the same as “Foo” and “Bat”.

Actual result

The word “Bar” is highlighted in green (in HTML, it is wrapped in a <span class="cm-string">).


  • Operating system: Kubuntu 21.04 x86_64
  • Debug info
    Obsidian version: v0.14.5
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Additional information

Here is the prettified HTML:

<div spellcheck="false" autocorrect="on" autocapitalize="on" translate="no" contenteditable="true" class="cm-content" style="tab-size: 4; padding-bottom: 352px;" role="textbox" aria-multiline="true">
  <div class="HyperMD-footnote cm-line">
    <span class="cm-formatting cm-formatting-link cm-hmd-footnote cm-link" spellcheck="false">[</span>
    <span class="cm-hmd-footnote cm-link" spellcheck="false">test</span>
    <span class="cm-formatting cm-formatting-link cm-hmd-footnote cm-link" spellcheck="false">]:</span>
    <span class="cm-hmd-footnote-url cm-url" spellcheck="false"></span>
  <div class="cm-active cm-line">Foo <span class="cm-string"> Bar </span>Bat </div>
  <div class="cm-line">
  • The issue does not occur if “Bar” is the end of the line.
  • The issue does not occur if a blank line is inserted between the two lines.
  • The issue still occurs if a line with a single word on is inserted between the two lines, even if that single word is a header.
  • The issue still occurs if “Foo Bar Bat” is made into a header.

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