Spaces in URLEncode?
dsc at swcp.com
Fri Jul 19 14:22:01 EDT 2002
On Thursday, July 18, 2002, at 10:30 PM, David Egbert wrote:
> I always thought that spaces were converted to "%20" in a URL
> string and the
> function that will convert the spaces to "%20"?
I was surprised when I saw this, too.
Use "replace" to do that. See below.
I believe all the URLEncode does is replace the space with plus (+)
and replace those not ASCII letters or digits with the %nn
encoding. Use it as a tool to help in your coding of your URL
The query string is separated from the path of the URL by a
question mark (?). In the query string each space is converted to
The URLEncode might be sufficient for the query part (except for
For the components of the path part, this should be close (off the
top of my head)...
function encodeURLpathComponent theURL
put URLencode(theURL) into theEncoded
replace "+" with "%20" in theEncoded
However, if the URL is hard coded, you can convert by hand and do
not need that function. If you are making queries you can use
URLencode for for the query part. If you are using FORM queries,
use URL encode on each name and value before building your query.
Do not apply it afterward. I think ISINDEX encoding is OK with
simply URLencode (I'm not sure about ampersand and semicolon). For
ISMAP, you may need to avoid encoding the comma.
So... In general a space might be encoded as a + or %20. No doubt
thunk up to make your life harder.
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