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Re: uri handling of hosts is too restrictive

From: by way of Martin Duerst <pk@TechFak.Uni-Bielefeld.DE>
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2004 12:00:24 -0500
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 > I just checked Stephen's URI, http://stephen_pollei.home.comcast.net/,

 > All the above browsers return Stephen's home page without problems.

So the browsers, or the resolvers they use, are too liberal. An '_' is not
allowed in a hostname. To access the document you need to translate said
name into an IP address, i.e. into an A or AAAA record (it doesnt' matter
that in this particular case there's also a CNAME involved).
Ergo "stephen_pollei.home.comcast.net" is a hostname and should follow
the syntax rules for hostnames.

 > that needs fixing. It might be the browsers, or it might be the spec.
 > Probably fixing the spec is easier.

There's nothing to fix. Non-ASCII characters may "work" in many cases, too,
but simply declaring them OK doesn't solve the problem.

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