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From d...@ast.cam.ac.uk (David Robinson)
Subject Re: uploaded 37_tilde_ok.0.8.15.patch
Date Tue, 31 Oct 1995 11:55:00 GMT
Roy wrote:
>One of the earlier releases that I didn't test on my server changed
>the handling of patch escapes such that all FancyIndex URL paths
>are escaped.  Unfortunately, Apache uses the "~" character for default
>user directory prefixes.  The result is that Apache 0.8.15 is changing
>the URL from /~user to /%7euser in a rather arbitrary fashion.
>This is bad, even though it may be considered as being RFC 1738 compliant,
>since we (the authors of the URL specs) are planning on including tilde
>in the allowed character set anyway the next time the specs are revised.
>
>In any case, it is guaranteed to cause users to complain and muck up
>a browser's history file.

But if the browser does not equate %7E to ~ then it is broken. Do we know
of any such broken software existing?

 David.

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