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[whatwg] IE/Win treats backslashes in path as forward slashes

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 15:40:08 -0700
Message-ID: <1B1DD1EA-D9FF-4670-9DB2-3BA48317A1EE@apple.com>

On Apr 11, 2007, at 8:28 AM, Sander Tekelenburg wrote:

> At 3:13 PM +0100 UTC, on 4/11/07, Gervase Markham wrote:
>
>> Geoffrey Sneddon wrote:
>>> Looking through the spec again, there is nothing about  
>>> backslashes in
>>> URI's path being treated as a forward slash, behaviour needed for
>>> compatibility for quite a few websites.
>>
>> I would be rather surprised if that were true
>
> Be surpirsed: <http://santek.no-ip.org/~st/tests/backslash/>
>
> I've no idea how many sites rely on this, but given that Safari  
> copied this
> behaviour apparently Apple found the problem big enough to bother.

Besides the backslash thing, there are a number of URI processing  
rules that browsers must follow for web compatibility which are  
either not required by or directly contradictory to the URI RFCs.  
Documenting these and fixing the relevant RFCs would be a valuable  
goal, but possibly beyond the scope of WHATWG.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Wednesday, 11 April 2007 15:40:08 UTC

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