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A change to string encoding

The problem with current string encoding is that it is parsable, but
non-human readable. It also complicates parsing by requiring 2 different
decoding methods to be implemented.

It occurs to me that a URL encoding scheme would also meet the parsing
requirements. Additionally:

1. It is always human readable.
2. There is only 1 encoding scheme.
3. Substring matching on encoded strings will always succeed.

URL encoding is just one way to achieve this, and has the advantage of
being widely implemented. However, the minimal requirements would be a
scheme which encoded only separator characters (whitespace in this case)
without the use of those separators.

I'm sure this has been considered before. Given that it's a road I'm
considering heading down, what were the reasons for not doing it?


Matthew Booth, RHCA, RHCSS
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