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RE: URLencoding.

From: Dave J Woolley <DJW@bts.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 12:09:15 +0100
Message-ID: <81E4A2BC03CED111845100104B62AFB5824577@stagecoach.bts.co.uk>
To: "'www-html@w3.org'" <www-html@w3.org>
> From:	Dave Bridger [SMTP:dbridger@inlink.com]
> Specification is very unclear and RFC1738 does not help at all. The
> mailing list
> archive produces only a partial thread which only partly help to clarify
> the
> situation.
	The only omission I can see in RFC 1738 is "+", which looks to
	me something that was redundantly added to forms, without
	thinking about things properly.  This ought to be <reserved>
	rather than <safe>.

> Fortunately RFC1738 is permissive so the overencoding practice will not
> harm
> anything.
	Unfortunately there are applications that underdecode, typically
	by matching the encoded string, rather than decoding it first, or
	by assuming that the string could never be encoded.

> Can anyone give me a definitive answer as to which characters need not be
> escaped?
> Perhaps Section 17.3.4 of the HTML Spec should be clarified.
	[DJW:]  It is not the job of the HTML spec to define the structure
	of URLs
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