Re: Escaping URL's (was Japanese characters in URL)
Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 23:03:59 -0400 (EDT)
On Wed, 9 May 2001, Cris Bailiff wrote:
> Nielsen Linus wrote:
> > > I believe that they're are routines out there that will
> > > correctly handle
> > > this situation, and will only encode data that needs
> > > encoding, in which
> > > case this wouldn't be problem...
> > But the question remains. How is this routine supposed to know
> > when the data "needs encoding"?
> > How does it decide that the string "Hello%20World" is to be
> > escaped or not? Imagine a CGI that takes a URL formatted string
> > as input. Then curl would have to escape the "%", otherwise the
> > CGI would receive "Hello World", which would be wrong.
> > Curl can't possibly know that this particular CGI _wants_ the
> > string in this URL-encoded format.
> > I can't think of any automatic way of solving this.
> Exactly. There is no way of knowing automatically (a weakness in the URL
> escaping specification I think).
Ich auch ;)
> You can certainly 'normalize' the escaping - escape things that should
> be escaped, but aren't and unescape (if you like) things that don't need
> escaping (for security or other reaons, %2e%2e == .. for example), and
> leave alone things that are correct, but that routine must know that the
> url is already escaped, so that it doesn't try to double escape the '%'
> characters again - you still need a switch, even to do this level of
Yeah, ok, I can see this...
Perhaps an option then CURLOPT_ESCAPE?
Received on 2001-05-09