[whatwg] URL: query encoding

Simon Pieters simonp at opera.com
Tue Oct 30 08:43:42 PDT 2012

On Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:20:33 +0200, Simon Pieters <simonp at opera.com> wrote:

> On Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:23:53 +0300, Anne van Kesteren <annevk at annevk.nl>  
> wrote:
>> Currently encoding the query component of a URL using the document's
>> encoding affects all URLs with a "relative scheme" (http/ws/file/...).
>> Should we restrict this to http/https/file so new schemes such as
>> ws/wss and others will not be affected by this weird legacy quirk?
> So in Opera this quirk does not apply to ws: or wss:. We have a test  
> case for this. I believe the spec required this at the time we  
> implemented it. Firefox passes the test as well, but Chrome fails it  
> (Chrome has the quirk). I don't know what IE does. I tentatively suggest  
> we go with Opera/Firefox here and limit this quirk so it does not apply  
> to ws: or wss:.

The above applies to what gets sent over the wire when using the  
WebSocket(...) constructor. For <a href>, the results are different:


I don't have an opinion at this point about what to do here.

>> Is
>> that something implementors would consider following?
>> The parsing section of http://url.spec.whatwg.org/ has this as an open
>> issue for now.
> cheers

Simon Pieters
Opera Software

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