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Re: draft-fielding-uri-rfc2396bis-02

From: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 23:10:48 -0400
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@apache.org>
Cc: uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030529031048.GH16104@ccil.org>

Roy T. Fielding scripsit:

> >Section 2.4.1 does not state that escapes in the range %00 to %7F are
> >to be understood as US-ASCII encodings, which seems unnecessarily 
> >vague.
> That is defined by the ABNF specification, with the proviso given in
> section 1.3.  Section 2.1 repeats it.
> >It should further be specified that the mapping of escapes in the range
> >%80 to %FF is not defined by this RFC.
> Why? The RFC doesn't define any such mapping.
> >Furthermore, it is not specified
> >that the second and third octets of the escape correspond to the high
> >and low order nybbles of the US-ASCII value and not vice versa.
> They are not nibbles -- it is a number in hexadecimal.

These comments refer to escapes within the URI, not to the conventions
of ABNF.  As things stand, "a%82c" might mean "abc" on an EBCDIC
system, which seems perverse to me.  Still worse, there is nothing to exclude
"a%26c" as equivalent to "abc".

> The algorithm certainly hasn't "prevailed" -- browsers consistently
> ignore that rule and represent the target as base-URI#fragment.

Experiments indicate that you are correct.  It is a bit dodgy to
change the standard to conform to the properties of browsers, though.

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