Michael Sweet mike at
Fri Dec 29 15:06:26 GMT 2000

Steve Langasek wrote:
> ...
> My personal feeling is that a backslash may still be preferable
> here.  I can't imagine a situation where a modern client would
> maltreat this character, with the exception of posix shell... and
> I already have to escape URLs at the commandline because of the use
> of '&'.  I'd be interested to know the reasons for marking the
> backslash as an 'unwise' character.  If this character really
> no longer deserves the label 'unwise', it's always possible to
> change the RFC. If it /is/ unwise to use \ in urls, I still think,
> based on my reading of the RFC, that we'll want to avoid the
> semicolon.

It isn't just the POSIX shell, it is every programming language in
existance, too!

The backslash character is almost universally used as an escape
character; that plus the fact that the RFC for URIs specifically
excludes it in URIs makes it an unsuitable choice.

Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products                  mike at
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