Lotsa laughs

Chris Lilley chris at w3.org
Tue May 25 16:44:17 BST 1999

John Cowan wrote:
> James Clark wrote:
> > This is in conformance with the W3C Character Model WD. See
> More specifically, it conforms to the HTML 4.0 recommendation
> (http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/appendix/notes.html#h-B.2) which
> recommends that user agents should fix up URLs containing
> illegal characters.

Thanks, I had forgotten that HTML 4.0 already did that; in which case
IE5 is correctly carrying out error recovery, in accordance with the
HTML 4.0 spec, on an illegal URL.

As Appendix B2 makes clear, the actual URL is still illegal; and the
document is still wrong; and could be trivially fixed by url encoding
the invalid bytes, having first converted the characters to bytes in
> Nevertheless, it is an embarrassment that such a site exports
> illegal HTML.

Well, yes. 


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