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[whatwg] URL: query string

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:34:22 +0100
Message-ID: <CADnb78gHTiF1qh=Q7D+zY8gG3oAeTNH28uP2x2S=4D8g4GRzCw@mail.gmail.com>
To: WHATWG <whatwg@whatwg.org>
Writing and parsing currently distinguish between URLs that can be
written relatively and those that cannot. URLs with a relative scheme
http://url.spec.whatwg.org/#relative-scheme have a relative syntax and
the others do not. Fragment makes sense to have on both, although for
setting hash (not getting) I ended up special casing the scheme
"javascript" because that would make little sense.

For query I think I might have made the wrong judgment, it is
currently not supported. mailto: I suppose is an obvious candidate
where it does make sense to have it separate and not rely on the
mailto: specific-processing for that, but for data: and javascript:
(again) and also about: it is less clear. Does anyone know whether
Internet Explorer supports "about:blank?test"? Always parsing query in
the base URL parser is also closer to STD 66.

(Browser support is all over the map. For "mailto:test?test" Firefox
gives neither pathname/search, Opera/Safari give pathname/search,
Chrome only gives pathname, which is "test?test". No access to
Internet Explorer unfortunately.)

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