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URLs with [&?] characters

From: Phil Temples <ptemples@promed.isid.harvard.edu>
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2000 10:05:53 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <200006101405.KAA20743@promed.harvard.edu>
To: www4mail-comments@w3.org

Given that WWW4MAIL uses lynx as its "engine" is there some
way to escape the & and ? characters that frequently appear in 
URLs?

For example: 
http://www.promedmail.org:8070/promed/promed.searchhtml.showmail?p_filename=20000608.2403&p_year=2000&p_month=06

Without escaping [&?], WWW4MAIL returns,

   Details for Current Page
   ------------------------
   URL             :  http://www.promedmail.org/promed/promed.wwv_me
                           dia.show?p_type=plsql&p_id=754&
                           ;p_currcornerid=1&p_language=us
   Mail Received   :  Fri May 26 18:41:41 2000
   Request Process :  Fri May 26 18:41:42 2000
   Delivery Time   :  Fri May 26 18:41:42 2000
   
   HELP TIP:       Try our new help system send the command "help index"
   
   Remote WEB Server returned Error 404

and lynx returns:

   % lynx http://www.promedmail.org:8070/promed/promed.searchhtml.showmail?p_filename=20000608.2403&p_year=2000&p_m
   [3] 20717
   [4] 20718
   lynx: No match.
   p_year=2000: Command not found.
   p_m: Command not found.
   [4]    Exit 1                        p_year=2000
   [3]    Exit 1                        lynx http://www.hsph  ...
   <...>


Many users of our www4mail program don't understand UNIX and
wouldn't know to escape [&?] with "\" when typing in a URL.  

Thanks.

Phil

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Phil Temples <phil_temples@harvard.edu>
Received on Saturday, 10 June 2000 10:05:53 GMT

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