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From Milos Jakubicek <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] unicode in basic auth
Date Fri, 17 Oct 2008 22:24:32 GMT

> If you are using Firefox as a browser, I strongly recommend that you get 
> an add-on like LiveHttpHeaders.  That will show you *exactly* what your 
> browser is sending to the server as HTTP headers with each request.

I should have read this earlier;) Meanwhile I've investigated the same 
but using wireshark...:)

Nevermind the result is that this is plain wrong done on the Firefox 
side (see this link for the current state in Firefox:

E.g. in Opera it works without any problems -- I don't know whether they 
use utf8 as a hardcoded choice or they detect encoding from locale or 
from any other setting, but it works there. In Konqueror it doesn't work 

I've not done any further research across other browsers, but the main 
result is that using non-latin1 (or maybe even non-ASCII) characters is 
completely unreliable and probably mostly unsupported on the browser 
side, which is really sad :(

Thank you all for your responses,

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