[MarkLogic Dev General] characters transformed into URL code in
browser address bar
jhunter at marklogic.com
Thu Feb 19 12:02:53 PST 2009
> Upon submission of the form...
> <form action="test.xqy" method="get">
> <input type="hidden" name="x" value="one:two" />
> <input type="submit" value="Submit" />
> ...the url in the browser address bar becomes...
That's correct, because %3A is the URL encoded value of a colon. The
browser is URL encoding the form value for you.
> If I type http://host.com:8008/test.xqy?x=one:two directly into the
> address bar, everything works as expected.
Technically you should be using %3A. The browser is forgiving you
your transgression and internally sending %3A to the server while
letting you see the colon. A less forgiving browser would error out
saying you had entered a malformed URL.
> What part of MarkLogic is causing this transformation into URL code
> (http://www.dualunit.ch/en/tools/cp1252-characters/), and can it be
This all happens external to MarkLogic Server. MarkLogic is receiving
the URL from the browser with the %3A URL encoding in both cases.
It's decoding it to a colon for you when you call xdmp:get-request-
> (It's ugly. I'll admit I'm just being vain, though.)
Yes, it's ugly. But it's the way of the web. :) See RFC 1738 for
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