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Re: lynx-dev URLs with spaces

From: Walter Ian Kaye
Subject: Re: lynx-dev URLs with spaces
Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 23:49:26 -0700

At 05:16a +0000 04/22/2002, Rod Wright didst inscribe upon an electronic papyrus:

I have a site that I'd like have accessible to those who need to use a text
browser. I like Lynx and I'd like to recommend it. It seems to work fine
with my site except for addresses that have spaces in them. Is this easily
remedied there, or do I need to rename my directories and filenames and all
their addresses and filenames in my program? This may be just a Windows
thing, allowing long addresses with spaces, but I think Macs have always had

UNIX has always had them, too. ;)
Actually even PC-DOS let you name files with spaces; it was usually avoided
for simplicity's sake.

My OS is Windows 98. My web host is CalWeb with an Apache/1.3.22 Server. My
website is I'm using Lynx 2.8.3.

I get a 404 when the address is /NextGen/track1/1 God With Us/...
The address that shows that Lynx was trying to find was /NextGen/track1/1.
It does not read the rest of the address. Another example is /NextGen/Gospel
in 3D.html which fails because it tries to find /NextGen/Gospel.

Could you let me know what I can expect or have to do to make my site
compatible with Lynx?

It's not a matter of being compatible with Lynx; it's a matter of being
compliant with RFC 1738. If you read it (or its successor, 2396), you
will learn that spaces in URLs _must_ be encoded.

Thus, the HREFs in your links should look like this:


As you can see, the problem is indeed easily remedied. :)


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