Re: [http-state] non-ASCII cookie values (was Re: Closing Ticket 3: Public Suffixes)

Adam Barth <ietf@adambarth.com> Wed, 03 February 2010 08:34 UTC

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Subject: Re: [http-state] non-ASCII cookie values (was Re: Closing Ticket 3: Public Suffixes)
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On Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 12:11 AM, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de> wrote:
> Adam Barth wrote:
>> ...
>> Those cases being charset0001, charset0002, and charset0003.  One
>> possible explanation is that Safari rejects cookies that have
>> non-ASCII characters in their values.
>> ...
>
> ...which I think is not really a bug, according to the specs.

I'm not sure that's the most important consideration.

> Unless that affects Safari's interoperability, I'd strongly recommend to
> consider making this the recommended behavior.

Why?  Ideally, a justification would be an evidence-based argument we
could use to convince the implementors of IE, Firefox, Chrome, and
Opera that the benefits of changing their behavior out-weighs the
costs.

In general, I'm very reluctant to specify a behavior that conflicts
with IE, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.  In specific, IE has something
like 99% market share in some Asian markets.  The fact that this issue
affects Asian markets disproportionately means the pressure to be
IE-like is even greater than usual.

Adam