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Proposed erratum to definition of "qdtext" in RFC 2616

From: Jamie Lokier <jamie@shareable.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 17:10:54 +0000
To: ietf-http-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20040315171054.GA9731@mail.shareable.org>

RFC 2616 reads:

   A string of text is parsed as a single word if it is quoted using
   double-quote marks.

       quoted-string  = ( <"> *(qdtext | quoted-pair ) <"> )
       qdtext         = <any TEXT except <">>

   The backslash character ("\") MAY be used as a single-character
   quoting mechanism only within quoted-string and comment constructs.

       quoted-pair    = "\" CHAR

I think the qdtext syntax should say this instead:

       qdtext         = <any TEXT except <"> and "\">

(It might also want to say "excluding" instead of "except", for
consistency with ctext a few lines earlier).

I know it seems trivial.  I just noticed because I wrote a regular
expression based on the RFC 2616 definition, and that allows "foo\"
as a quoted-string.  That's not intended, is it?

Btw, is there a specific place to send errata suggestions?

-- Jamie
Received on Monday, 15 March 2004 12:10:56 UTC

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