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Re: Byte ranges -- formal spec proposal

From: Daniel W. Connolly <connolly@beach.w3.org>
Date: Wed, 17 May 1995 19:39:35 -0400
Message-Id: <199505172339.TAA10475@beach.w3.org>
To: Ari Luotonen <luotonen@netscape.com>
Cc: www-talk@w3.org, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com, uri@bunyip.com
In message <199505172022.NAA06472@neon.netscape.com>, Ari Luotonen writes:

A nice, clear, complete proposal. As you say, this could be done as a
server-private mechanism, but there's no reason why everybody
shouldn't do it the same way.

A couple nits:

>     * The first byte in file is byte number 1.

Blech. I'd rather it were 0. No biggie.

>  MULTIPLE URL PARAMETERS
>  
>   If at some point there will be multiple simultaneous URL parameters,
>   they should be separated by the ampersand character (just like
>   multiple values are encoded in the FORM request).

The ampersand character has odd interactions with SGML entity
reference syntax in HTML.

This URL:

	http://host/path;param1=val1&param2=val2

has to be written:

	<a href="http://host/path;param1=val1&#38;param2=val2">xxx</a>
	<a href="http://host/path;param1=val1&amp;param2=val2">xxx</a>

in HTML.

I suggest you separate parameters with ';' in stead:

	<a href="http://host/path;param1=val1;param2=val2">xxx</a>

Save everybody a little grief.


Dan
Received on Wednesday, 17 May 1995 16:42:58 EDT

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