[development] internationalised paths in URI (was subdomain rewriting)

Khalid B kb at 2bits.com
Tue May 23 14:19:41 UTC 2006

The two major browsers handle this differently at the moment.

For example, here is a site that places non-Western characters in
the URL (Arabic in this case).

Firefox will escape the characters in % notation, e.g.:

Not sure if it is in full compliance with the RFC in question or not.

MS IE 6 will put them as is in the URL:

(all this will be unintelligible for most of those on the list).

I like standards like anyone else, but if they continue to be ignored by
those who own 85% of the market, they are no longer a practical
option for the majority of users.

On 5/23/06, drupal <vlado at dikini.net> wrote:
> Staying on the url() issue, I think we should consider implementing the
> recommendations of:
> http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3987.txt
> At least the path side. At the moment non-ascii characters are dropped
> from paths, at least when using path alias.
> IMO it should be done. This will help supporting with various
> internationalised websites.
> A decent overview can be found in
> http://www.w3.org/International/articles/idn-and-iri/
> Cheers,
> Vlado

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