SUMMARY: White Space in URL's?

Tim Evans (
Sat, 30 Jul 1994 06:05:50 +0200

Earlier, I wrote:

>How can white space be included in URL's in such a way that
>they get interpreted properly? For example, Macintosh ftp
>servers frequently have Mac-type folder names, which can
>have spaces in them. How does one specify an URL to access
>such a folder? Thanks.

Thanks to the following for the unanimous answer:

John Labovitz <>
miked@CERF.NET (Michael A. Dolan)
mueller@sc.ZIB-Berlin.DE (Peter Mueller) (Chris Lilley, Computer Graphics Unit)
John Studarus <>
Paul Phillips <>
Christian L. Mogensen <mogens@CS.Stanford.EDU>
Fisher Mark <!!>

Whitespace (and other non-printing characters) can be represented with
hexadecimal equivalents, preceded by the '%' sign. This, an URL with
"foo bar" in it would be something like:


In my particular case, unfortunately, version 2.1.0 of "Peter's Macintosh
FTP" server refuses such URL's.

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