bj%F6rked September 14, 2008 3:13 PM   Subscribe

I just noticed in the bitone post that the björk tag breaks, getting a 403 error (The bjork tag is fine). IIRC theres already some handling for special characters, possibly it should also replace accented characters?
posted by Artw to Bugs at 3:13 PM (10 comments total)

I removed the björk tag, fyi.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:16 PM on September 14, 2008

And I added the bjork tag. We'll get proper filtering working there.
posted by pb (staff) at 3:17 PM on September 14, 2008

Unfortunately, international characters in tags just don't work in HTTP requests, so we try and block them from being entered.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:17 PM on September 14, 2008

Sorry, lazy Sunday and can't remember the pass for the cortex account. But I'll get to work crunching the data on how pb's filtering patch will affect server load vs. site exposure in print mag op eds, and have a pretty graph up on my server in a few minutes.
Got a melody and the chorus all set too, but still working on a bridge.
posted by carsonb at 3:51 PM on September 14, 2008 [3 favorites]

This was brought up awhile ago. As I and others pointed out, there's no reason international characters can't work in URLs (and so, HTTP requests), since Wikipedia, among others, do it fine. It feels kind of silly to be actively trying to make full Unicode not work just as web browsers start to fully support it. But, I do understand that it's easier to just filter them out.
posted by skynxnex at 3:53 PM on September 14, 2008

Interesting - Wikipedia encodes it as Bj%C3%B6rk.

Also - wow, posting something under "bugs" clearly activates the mod pager!
posted by Artw at 4:10 PM on September 14, 2008

(Feeding that in gets the Björk tag)
posted by Artw at 4:20 PM on September 14, 2008

binary would be so much easier: 0110001001101010111101100111001001101011
posted by blue_beetle at 4:27 PM on September 14, 2008

*bans carsonb*
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:05 PM on September 14, 2008

Oh yeah! It's cvccvc(c)...well, it was until this afternoon.
posted by carsonb at 7:27 PM on September 14, 2008

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