John Cowan cowan at locke.ccil.org
Sun Sep 20 23:24:47 BST 1998

Paul Prescod scripsit:

> All of this talk of identifiers has made me wonder if there is any good
> reason that a URL in XML code should be restricted to "safe",
> "non-reserved" characters. Wouldn't it make more sense to require the XML
> processor to do the necessary escaping before transmitting the URL across
> the wire? It seems simpler to let the processing software deal with it
> rather than forcing the human to do so (the current case).

The trouble is that "http://whoever.net/foo?bar" doesn't mean the
same thing as "http://whoever.net/foo%3Fbar"; the latter induces the
server to look for a file named "foo?bar", whereas the former queries
the resource "foo" with the request "bar".

John Cowan					cowan at ccil.org
		e'osai ko sarji la lojban.

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