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From: Koen Holtman <koen@win.tue.nl>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 1997 20:59:06 +0200 (MET DST)
Message-Id: <199706191859.UAA27438@wsooti08.win.tue.nl>
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@kiwi.ICS.UCI.EDU>
Cc: koen@win.tue.nl, http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com
X-Mailing-List: <http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com> archive/latest/3555
Roy T. Fielding:
> [Koen Holtman:]
>>I don't think it is as easy is that.
>>How about this for a parsing conflict:
>> Content-type: application/applefile; name="\blah\"
>>Note that the system is not passing double-quote data.
>What I said also applies to backslash.  To the extent that backslash
>is used in any MIME or HTTP quoted-string (almost never), it *always*
>means quote the next character.

Well, as my example below shows, Netscape 3.01 does *not* use the rule
that backslash *always* means quote the next character.

>>I just tried sending a response with
>> Content-Type: application/octet-stream
>> Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="\blah\"      
>>to a Netscape 3.01, and it pops up a requester with _blah_ (the
>>backquotes are transformed into underscores, presumably for security
>>reasons) as the filename.
>As defined by the Content-Disposition requirements for MIME.

My point was that NS 3.01 did not intepret the \ as quoting the next
character.  If it had, the requester would have shown blah" or blah_,
at least something without an underscore at the start.

>>I think this issue needs very careful consideration before we can
>>proceed.  If we go for double-quotes, I think that we at least need to
>>put some large warnings about the change in quoting style in the spec.
>Koen, that change received VERY careful consideration two years ago 

To put it bluntly, this VERY careful consideration two years ago is not
careful enough for me.  I would like to see measurements of current
practice which show that little will break if we make this change.

I would be very happy if someone who has a lot of raw proxy traces
could grep them for the occurence of \ in quoted strings.


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