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Re: lynx-dev Problem with parameters sent in Lynx

From: pg
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Problem with parameters sent in Lynx
Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 09:52:19 -0700 (MST)

In a recent note, Peter Rasmussen said:

> Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 17:00:56 +0100
> Regarding the ' ' vs. %20 issue, isn't there a standard to hold it against or
> is it an implementation issue?
Yes.  From RFC 1738 at

2.2. URL Character Encoding Issues
       [ ... ]
   Octets must be encoded if they have no corresponding graphic
   character within the US-ASCII coded character set, if the use of the
   corresponding character is unsafe, or if the corresponding character
   is reserved for some other interpretation within the particular URL
       [ ... ]
   Characters can be unsafe for a number of reasons.  The space
   character is unsafe because significant spaces may disappear and
   insignificant spaces may be introduced when URLs are transcribed or
   typeset or subjected to the treatment of word-processing programs.

-- gil

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