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[Bug 9354] Leading/trailing whitespace in attributes that take a URL should be conforming

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Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 21:20:24 +0000
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--- Comment #3 from Jim Jewett <jimjjewett@gmail.com>  2010-03-31 21:20:24 ---
I remember having problems, but cannot duplicate them now. 

I believe the situation was URLs launched from MS-Word, but using Opera (rather
than MSIE) as my default browser, and the URLs were on an intranet to which I
no longer have access.

Trying to re-create, Opera does indeed strip " ", but not %20 -- so I suspect
the problem was that something else was doing an URL-encode on the string. 
(This was a perfectly reasonable thing to do, given the number of embedded
spaces in some of those URLs.)  If the encoder first stripped the ends that
would be OK, but I wouldn't count on homegrown tools actually doing that, even
if does become standard.

Should browsers autocorrect by stripping even an explicitly encoded percent-20?
 If not, I would prefer to keep at least explicitly-quoted attributes as-is.

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