Kevin Colby kevinc at
Fri Dec 29 16:29:12 GMT 2000

Steve Langasek wrote:
> Michael Sweet wrote:
> >
> > 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.
> Yes, the RFC specifically excludes its use.  But RFCs are intended to be
> guides, not laws, and occasionally the RFCs need to be revised.  I think
> this may be an RFC that could use a footnote.

This is a legitmate criticism.  The RFC does not have to be followed.

I have to question the motive here, though.  If the only dispute were
whether to use ";" or "\", and ";" is RFC-compliant, and "\" is not,
why should we use the latter and possibly amend the RFC?  Because NT
users are more familiar with it?  That seems a very poor reason for
such drastic action.

	- Kevin Colby
	  kevinc at

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