[whatwg] Proposal for improved handling of '#' inside of data URIs

Bjoern Hoehrmann derhoermi at gmx.net
Sat Sep 10 20:09:51 PDT 2011

* Boris Zbarsky wrote:
>I think you misunderstand my position.  I'm weakly against the proposal 
>in question; the strongest argument in favor of the proposal is that 
>there is either a current or future deployed base of data: URIs that 
>won't work without it but do work in either past browsers or some subset 
>of future ones.
>Of course the simplest way to prevent the future URIs thing being a 
>problem is for UAs that don't follow the URI spec here right now to fix 
>that, but I haven't sensed much willingness to do that in the past, or 
>earlier in this discussion.  :(
>Given the choice between converging on this proposal and the status quo 
>in which UAs just do wildly different totally wacky things, I'd pick the 
>proposal, I think....

I read Daniel as saying that Firefox now implements the correct behavior
but the definition of "correct behavior" should be changed to allow some
addtional convenience for no reason other than convenience. So he would
make the same suggestion even if everybody implemented the correct beha-
vior. If the argument is "but this breaks too many sites" or "we think
that some vendor or other will not implement the correct behavior due to
convenience issues" or whatever other reason, we would have a different
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