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Re: dropping 's' and quoting of strings

From: Jack Jansen <Jack.Jansen@cwi.nl>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 21:36:03 +0100
Cc: "Media Fragment" <public-media-fragment@w3.org>
Message-Id: <650E1FCD-0B7E-426A-BB07-23D99AC75B99@cwi.nl>
To: Philip Jägenstedt <philipj@opera.com>

On 22 feb 2010, at 05:10, Philip Jägenstedt wrote:

> There are two changes I would like to make, previously mentioned deep in some thread:
> 1. Drop the trailing s from the npt syntax, which seems not to serve any real purpose as it only adds (a little) complexity but doesn't help disambiguate from any other form. It also isn't what is used in RTSP, if we want to align.
> 2. Drop the 'quotes' around strings, which are completely unnecessary when spaces have to be percent-encoded anyway. Simply following the rules for splitting name-value pairs yields a string with any special characters decoded.

Would this work if I had, say, an ampersand (or any other special character) in my track name?

I think it may work: IIRC the quotes were added before we referenced rfc3986 for the string parameters, and I think the "unreserved" character set is restricted enough.

But: someone with a strong ABNF background needs to check. We want to make sure that "http://www.example.com/id=my%26name&t=5" actually splits on & before turning the %26 into an ampersand.
Jack Jansen, <Jack.Jansen@cwi.nl>, http://www.cwi.nl/~jack
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