Re: [http-state] [httpstate] #11: Consider defining how to map a cookie-string into unicode

"Anne van Kesteren" <annevk@opera.com> Fri, 12 March 2010 07:06 UTC

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On Thu, 11 Mar 2010 00:19:07 +0100, httpstate issue tracker  
<trac@tools.ietf.org> wrote:
> #11: Consider defining how to map a cookie-string into unicode
> --------------------------------+-------------------------------------------
>  Reporter:  ietf@…              |        Owner:
>      Type:  defect              |       Status:  closed
>  Priority:  major               |    Milestone:
> Component:  cookie              |      Version:
>  Severity:  -                   |   Resolution:  fixed
>  Keywords:                      |
> --------------------------------+-------------------------------------------
> Changes (by ietf@…):
>
>   * status:  new => closed
>   * resolution:  => fixed
>
>
> Comment:
>
>  As discussed on the list:
>
>  The draft treats the cookie values as opaque octets throughout for use
>  on the wire.  I've added a SHOULD-level requirement to use a UTF8 when
>  converting the octets to characters (e.g., for use in the user agent's
>  user interface).
>
>  Given that the encoding issue doesn't appear to affect
>  interoperability on the wire, I think a SHOULD-level recommendation is
>  appropriate here.  If specific APIs (e.g., document.cookie) have more
>  specific needs, they can add additional requirements.

FWIW, XMLHttpRequest inflates/deflates bytes for HTTP header values. I.e.  
uses ISO-8859-1 (not mapped to Windows-1252 in this specific instance). I  
would assume document.cookie behaves the same in most browsers...


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