Wednesday, May 18, 2016


I think you should be % encoding the url data-path components. Any routine that converts spaces to + or leaves '*' and most other punctuation unescaped is not what you want.

See for a "drop-in" routine to do this.

I would remove the "Locale.US" parameter for GWT and just use "toUpperCase()".

On 05/18/2016 10:08 AM, P.G.Taboada wrote:
Hi Thomas, 

I do not want to complain - I am stating an issue I am having - and I find the naming misleading. 

I have to build an URL for a http request - key-value pairs in the query string. 

As far as I understood, application/x-www-form-urlencoded does not apply to "simple GET queries" - am I wrong?



Am Mittwoch, 18. Mai 2016 15:50:57 UTC+2 schrieb Thomas Broyer:
I'm sorry I don't get what you're actually complaining about.
Only the deprecated methods have that note in their javadoc, and the behavior was historically meant for query-string processing (for the majority of cases where the query-string uses key-value pairs with an encoding similar to application/x-www-form-urlencoded, as with HTML forms with method="GET"), non-deprecated methods are clear about their intent and expected usage: encodeQueryString vs. encodePathSegment.
See also

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 2:30:24 PM UTC+2, P.G.Taboada wrote:

we are running into issues with URLs that get spaces encoded to "+". 

In the javadocs I read:

Note: this method will convert any the space character into 
its escape short form, '+' rather than %20. 
It should therefore only be used for query-string parts.

This is wrong: the "+" means a space only in application/x-www-form-urlencoded content.

The method that allows us to use the correct behaviour

public static String encodeComponent( String decodedURLComponent,  boolean queryStringSpaces)

is deprecated.

The make it a "+" behaviour is the default one in the UrlEncoder in Java. This class is either wrongly named or does the wrong thing.  I would guess it is wrongly named, as the javadocs state that this class is for form encoding.

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