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From Jeremy Quinn <>
Subject Re: Encoded URL problem
Date Thu, 01 Jun 2000 09:15:29 GMT
At 14:03 -0400 31/05/00, Berin Loritsch wrote:
>Jeremy Quinn wrote:
>> When the request with path args comes in to the server, the "?" and "="
>> have been URL encoded thus:
>>         /samples/smil/slides.xml%3fsection%3d3
>> The server then returns a 404 and the plugin hangs =:)
>> Would people consider this to be the fault of the server (IWS iServer on
>> MacOS9) not URL Decoding properly, or the fault of QuickTime for URL
>> Encoding those special characters in the first place.
>Hopefully, this helps--but those are legitimate encodings for the URL.
>According to the limited exposure I had doing straight CGI programming,
>the impetus for decoding the URL is on the CGI program.

That's what I thought, it is also possible that the server people never
expected to see those characters URL Encoded.

>It looks like a bug in Quicktime because it is not passing parameters

I now understand it is a known bug in the version of QuickTime I have

>The work-around (if you are using Cocoon2) would be the sitemap, and
>you would use the regular expression to rename the URL.  It's ugly, but
>it would probably work.

Not practical for me.

At 14:08 -0400 31/05/00, Berin Loritsch wrote:
>Just a thought: is the SMIL formatter escaping the URLs in the code?  If that
>is where the problem lies, the problem would be solved by correcting the code.
>Make sure that SMIL supports the URI?parameter=value construct before you
>do that, though.

No it's not, but thanks anyway.


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