[whatwg] IE/Win treats backslashes in path as forward slashes

Michael A. Puls II shadow2531 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 11 16:07:18 PDT 2007

On 4/11/07, Kornel Lesinski <kornel at osiolki.net> wrote:
> On Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:02:39 +0100, Geoffrey Sneddon
> <foolistbar at googlemail.com> wrote:
> > Looking through the spec again, there is nothing about backslashes in
> > URI's path being treated as a forward slash, behaviour needed for
> > compatibility for quite a few websites.
> I think it can be added.

If we're specifically talking about URIs that specify paths , then, \
-> / for handling of improperly-encoded URIs is good.

However, we can't specify this for all URIs (just saying). Flipping
raw backslashes (even though they should really be encoded) in <a
href="mailto:uridata"> for example, should not be done.

If we do specify this, we have to be more specific than "path" because
'path' does not necessarily mean URI.


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