[Doc-SIG] Formalizing ST
Guido van Rossum
Thu, 29 Mar 2001 12:26:00 -0500
> Obvious URIs that fail the test are "." and ".." (both perfectly legal
> "local" references within an HTML document, and certainly possible
> things for someone to want to use in a docutils context, I'd have
> thought - particularly in a package's __init__.py docstring).
You can always append a "/" to URLs ending in "." or "..". In fact
that's recommended practice anyway -- otherwise you incur an extra
server roundtrip since most servers give you a 301 or 302 redirect
with an appended slash if you give a directory URL without trailing
slash -- this is to make relative URLs work.
> > IMO it wouldn't hurt, if detection fails in this case.
> The problem isn't with detection *failing*, it's partly to do with
> excessive detection (i.e., the pragmatic schemes generally try to
> over-identify URIs, just in case), but *mainly* due to a worry about
> explaining to a user what they can type that will work, before they type
> An explanation that goes:
> "type your URI, but if it ends in one of
> these characters, you'll have to escape
> it, or something, and by the way *this*
> ad-hoc list of characters inside your
> URI also needs escaping"
Practical URLs don't end in punctuation. Show me a website whose URLs
do and I'll change my mind, but I bet you can't find one.
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)