[Telepathy] Spec meeting notes on Mail Notification interface
simon.mcvittie at collabora.co.uk
Thu Jan 21 12:47:40 PST 2010
On Thu, 21 Jan 2010 at 14:39:09 -0500, Nicolas Dufresne wrote:
> > > > HTTP mostly deals in bytes, not characters.
> > >
> > > We only want to support a specialized form of HTTP POST data
> > > (x-www-form-urlencoded), which is in ASCII. This data can be passed to
> > > the browser by creating a temporary HTML file with redirecting form.
> > I see. If that's the case, why don't you just put it in a single string?
> In x-www-form-urlencoded POST Data is represented in key/value pair. To
> generate the HTML file, you would have to parse the single string to
> split those key/value pairs into HTML nodes (<input type='hidden'
Surely that means that we don't want the keys and values to be encoded, at
which point there's no guarantee that they are in any particular character
set, bringing us back where we started?
I agree that x-www-form-urlencoded data ends up as ASCII. However, the
necessary text to write into an HTML file to produce a desired
x-www-form-urlencoded POST is not necessarily ASCII.
Quoting from my earlier mail, suppose the required POST data is a map where
the keys are bytes 0x01 and 0x80, and the values are equal to the keys. (Note
that the byte 0x80 is meaningless on its own in UTF-8 - the byte-string '\x80'
is not valid UTF-8.)
I agree that the HTTP POST we end up with is %01=%01&%80=%80.
However, if the client is going to be writing out temporary HTML, neither
that nor %01 are actually very useful, since what it actually wants is
(and then some way to arrange for these to be submitted as latin-1, which is
a browser-specific can of worms).
If the implicit assumption you're making is that we only support abstract
keys and values that are *also* ASCII (i.e. a subset of the set of possible
HTTP POSTs), with the expectation that all practical webmail systems work like
that, and in particular that the example I quoted cannot be supported by
this spec, then please state that assumption/limitation in the spec.
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