CGI-problem

Jason Orendorff jason at jorendorff.com
Thu Jan 24 09:14:07 CET 2002


olav viken wrote:
> Hi!
> 
> I'm having a problem passing the '#-character' to a cgi-script.
> 
> The cgi script is invoked with a url as this:
> 
> http:/myserver/script.py?link="T:/test.htm#Mark"

The CGI script is behaving correctly; it's the URL that's incorrect.
Your browser is behaving correctly by *not* sending the # sign
(or anything after it) to the server.

Special characters like quotes, colons, and the # symbol must
be encoded if you want to include them in a URL.  You can encode
them with the urllib.quote() function.

>>> import urllib
>>> print urllib.quote('"T:/test.htm#Mark"')
%22T%3A/test.htm%23Mark%22

So this is the correct URL:

http:/myserver/script.py?link=%22T%3A/test.htm%23Mark%22

It looks strange, but the CGI module understands it and will
automatically convert the encoded characters back to normal
characters for you.  Try it.

## Jason Orendorff    http://www.jorendorff.com/




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