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URL's and Unicode and IE7/Firefox

5:26 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Don't know how best to word this but here goes:

In IE6 and lesser the following URL shows up as:


In FireFox, the ticks ` are converted to their Hex value of "%60".


IE7 is now doing that (which most of you already know/knew it would).

My question...

Do bots/spiders differentiate between the two "versions" of the URL's? One showing Unicode values and one not? Or do they see them as one and the same?

Seeing as that, going forward, more and more people will be using IE7 instead of IE6... people will be bookmarking the "new" version of the URL's.

Want to make sure that if, for example, someone adds a link from their site to mine using the new version, will it take away from the link popularity of the "old" version.

See what I mean?

Or will the bots see them as the same and Google PR will remain/build?

Thanks gang...


[edited by: tedster at 6:15 pm (utc) on Nov. 28, 2006]
[edit reason] use example.com [/edit]

7:12 am on Nov 29, 2006 (gmt 0)


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according to the http/1.1 specification (http://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/rfc2616-sec3.html#sec3.2.3):

Characters other than those in the "reserved" and "unsafe" sets (see
RFC 2396 [42]) are equivalent to their ""%" HEX HEX" encoding.

For example, the following three URIs are equivalent:


3:53 pm on Nov 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Phranque.

This does look promising.

I'm just wondering if Googlebot sees it the same way.

I'm sure it does, I guess I just was wondering "without a doubt".

: )