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Re: "semantics" of URI

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2003 10:11:42 -0700
Message-ID: <3EE36E4E.7060304@textuality.com>
To: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>
Cc: "'Roy T. Fielding'" <fielding@apache.org>, uri@w3.org

Larry Masinter wrote:

> I think this is OK, although I'm uneasy about "does not".
> Is it "will not", "should not", "must not"? Are we
> establishing a conformance requirement, describing current
> deployed software? In no cases does escaping unreserved
> characters change the resource identified in all of the
> deployed software in the world? 

In my experience pretty well all serious software tends do do the right 
thing.  Having said that...

> I offer the following rewrite:
>    Escaping unreserved characters in a URI should not change
>    what resource is identified.  However, escaping characters
>    may change the result of some URI comparisons (section 6),
>    potentially leading to incorrect or inefficient behavior.
>    Therefore, unreserved characters should not be escaped
>    unnecessarily.

I like this.

Cheers, Tim Bray
         (ongoing fragmented essay: http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/)
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