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Re: Decoding URLs input

From: Jean Louis
Subject: Re: Decoding URLs input
Date: Sat, 03 Jul 2021 12:04:25 +0000

I appreciate this tip and will test it

On July 3, 2021 11:10:47 AM UTC, Yuri Khan <> wrote:
>On Sat, 3 Jul 2021 at 16:41, Jean Louis <> wrote:
>> As I am developing Double Opt-In CGI script served by Emacs I am
>> unsure if this function is correct to be used the encoded strings
>> come from URL GET requests, like
>> (rfc2231-decode-encoded-string "Hello%20there") ⇒ "Hello there"
>> If anybody knows or have clues, let me know. In other programming
>> languages I have not been thinking of RFC, I don't know which RFC
>> applies there.
>Why not look at the RFC referenced in order to see whether it is or is
>not relevant to your task?
>It talks about encoding MIME headers, which is not what you’re dealing
>with; and its encoded strings look like
><encoding>'<locale>'<percent-encoded-string>, which is not what you
>What you are dealing with is a URL, specifically, its query string
>part. These are described in RFC 3986, and its percent-encoding scheme
>in sections 2.1 and 2.5.
>(url-unhex-string …) will do half the work for you: It will decode
>percent-encoded sequences into bytes. By convention, in URLs,
>characters are UTF-8-encoded before percent-encoding (see RFC 3986 §
>2.5), so you’ll need to use:
>    (decode-coding-string (url-unhex-string s) 'utf-8)
>to get a fully decoded text string.


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