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Author vstinner
Recipients vstinner
Date 2021-01-20.10:52:28
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urllib.parse.parse_qsl() uses "&" *and* ";" as separators:

>>> urllib.parse.parse_qsl("a=1&b=2&c=3")
[('a', '1'), ('b', '2'), ('c', '3')]
>>> urllib.parse.parse_qsl("a=1&b=2;c=3")
[('a', '1'), ('b', '2'), ('c', '3')]

But the W3C standards evolved and now suggest against considering semicolon (";") as a separator:

"This form data set encoding is in many ways an aberrant monstrosity, the result of many years of implementation accidents and compromises leading to a set of requirements necessary for interoperability, but in no way representing good design practices. In particular, readers are cautioned to pay close attention to the twisted details involving repeated (and in some cases nested) conversions between character encodings and byte sequences."

"To decode application/x-www-form-urlencoded payloads (...) Let strings be the result of strictly splitting the string payload on U+0026 AMPERSAND characters (&)."

Maybe we should even go further in Python 3.10 and only split at "&" by default, but let the caller to opt-in for ";" separator as well.
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