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From "Gary Gregory (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HTTPCLIENT-1366) org.apache.http.client.utils.URLEncodedUtils should parse the semicolon as a query parameter separator
Date Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:59:20 GMT
Gary Gregory created HTTPCLIENT-1366:
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             Summary: org.apache.http.client.utils.URLEncodedUtils should parse the semicolon
as a query parameter separator
                 Key: HTTPCLIENT-1366
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HTTPCLIENT-1366
             Project: HttpComponents HttpClient
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: HttpClient
    Affects Versions: 4.3 Beta1
            Reporter: Gary Gregory
            Assignee: Gary Gregory
             Fix For: 4.3 Beta2


org.apache.http.client.utils.URLEncodedUtils should parse the semicolon as a query parameter
separator as well as be more flexible in its APIs WRT specifying query parameter separators.

See:

RFC 1866 section 8.2.1 : by Tim Berners-Lee in 1995 encourages CGI authors to support ';'
in addition to '&'. 
https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1866

HTML 4.01 Specification: Implementation, and Design Notes: "CGI implementors support the use
of ";" in place of "&" to save authors the trouble of escaping "&" characters in this
manner."
http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/appendix/notes.html#h-B.2.2

Hypertext Markup Language - 2.0 "CGI implementors are encouraged to support the use of ';'
in place of '&' "
http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/html-spec/html-spec_foot.html#FOOT26


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