Re: How can one use '#' in a URL? (Erik Ostrom)
From: (Erik Ostrom)
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Date: Fri, 18 Jun 93 16:58:36 +0200
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Subject: Re: How can one use '#' in a URL?
   > - this would indicate to the server that it is to unpack blech.c from
   >/foo/bar.tar.Z and send it back as a normal file. However, I have only
   >seen the # documented as something which browsers can use for internal
   >hyperlinks, not as part of the a URL that can be sent to a http server.
   >Is this a problem?

      I don't think this is correct.  Any url can make use of the # directive.
   It just tells a browser to go to a specific part of a document instead of
   to the beginning.  I don't know of any browsers that actually 'generate'
   these internally.

But I think Peter is correct that, given a URL with a # inside it, the browser
doesn't send back the part beginning with #.  That is, seeing the URL above, a
browser would ask www for a document /foo/bar.tar.Z and then look for the
anchor "blech.c" inside it--which is not what he wants.

      The only problem with using ./ in the path would be that the browser
   is likely to interpret it as a relative pathname.  For example,
   http://www/foo/bar.tar.Z#./blech.c would more than likely be translated
   into http://www/foo/bar.tar.Z#/foo/blech.c by a browser.

      It would be fairly easy to tell the replacing function not to replace
   any . or .. after a # sign though.  (I haven't tried this with mosaic or
   lynx yet, but I know that my emacs browser would replace the ./ with nothing
   so the url above would be http://www/foo/bar.tar.Z#blech.c)

As mentioned above, I don't think the browser should interpret the part after
# as part of a path, since the # character is supposed to be followed by an
anchorid and anchorids are not hierarchical.  Wanted to note, though, that
according to the URL spec "/." may be simplified but "./" is not.

Of course, according to the URL spec gopher addresses have a slash between
gtype and selector, too, and that doesn't seem to have affected implementation

   -Bill Perry