[whatwg] [URL] Starting work on a URL spec

Adam Barth w3c at adambarth.com
Tue Aug 3 08:38:28 PDT 2010

On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 8:21 AM, bjartur <svartman95 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 7/25/10 8:57 AM, Adam Barth wrote:
>> >> There's also the related question of what browsers should do with input typed into the URL field. Other than establishing that these rules may be different between the URL field and URLs present in content, I'm not sure this is amenable to spec. But perhaps a survey of what browsers do would be useful.
>> >
>> > I wasn't planning to cover that because it's not a critical to
>> > interoperability
>> Unfortunately, it is.  In particular, servers need to know what to
>> expect the browser to send if a user types non-ASCII into the url bar.
>> There are real interoperability problems out there due to differing
>> server and browser behavior in this regard.
>> It may not be an _html_ interoperability problem, but it's certainly a
>> _web_ interoperability problem.
> It's a question of how HTTP messages are encoded (and in special the encoding of the IRI).
> WHATWG does not specify HTTP, these concerns should be directed to IETF.

There are various ways to spec lawyer things so you can make this work
appear to be the responsibility of various folks.  The work needs to
be done.  I'm inclined to do the work first and worry about what
organization (if any) has "jurisdiction" later.


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