Re: Proposition on advanced URL features (Is # illegal)?

Mirsad Todorovac (
Wed, 29 Nov 1995 11:12:36 +0100 (MET)

R. Fielding wrote:
> > 1. The use of ## for special anchors seems reasonable.
> Use of more than one "#" character is illegal and not desirable
> in the current URI syntax.

It's an interresting point here. Let's see this quote from RFC 1808
(by R. Fielding):

|2.4.1. Parsing the Fragment Identifier
| If the parse string contains a crosshatch "#" character, then the
| substring after the first (left-most) crosshatch "#" and up to the
| end of the parse string is the <fragment> identifier. If the
| crosshatch is the last character, or no crosshatch is present, then
| the fragment identifier is empty. The matched substring, including
| the crosshatch character, is removed from the parse string before
| continuing.
| Note that the fragment identifier is not considered part of the URL.
| However, since it is often attached to the URL, parsers must be able
| to recognize and set aside fragment identifiers as part of the
| process.

It states clearly 'the first (left-most) crosshatch "#" and up to the
end of the parse string is the <fragment> identifier'. This _does_ imply
that there are more '#' characters than one ... Why say ``leftmost "#"
character'' if there is only one allowed ? -- Mirsad

> ...Roy T. Fielding
> Department of Information & Computer Science (
> University of California, Irvine, CA 92717-3425 fax:+1(714)824-4056

Mirsad Todorovac at Electrical Engineering Faculty, University Zagreb, Croatia,