Subject: Voice-over Flubs

Sat Feb 23 14:24:55 EST 2008

Well, I can't say that I carefully examined the contents of IE's
destination field after I entered the URL with the backslashes instead
of slashes. I think, though, that I did notice that the backslashes
had been transformed to slashes. But since rerouting by the server
also--apparently--modifies the contents of the destination field, I
don't see how a user with no special insight into what happens in the
domain-name server could guess that the browser had performed the

I assume that IE does this magic only to backslashes entered into the
destination field. Oh, and IIRC, the transformation doesn't take place
until you click on "go," which enhances the impression that something
outside the local PC is making it happen.

Dan Strassberg (
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Garrett Wollman" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008 11:40 AM
Subject: Re: Subject: Voice-over Flubs

> <<On Sat, 23 Feb 2008 06:47:35 -0500, "Dan.Strassberg"
> <> said:
>> who got to the page by dint of hearing the ad. If so, I'd call the
>> scheme too clever by half because a lot of Web-savvy listeners
>> would
>> instinctively convert the backslash to a slash, thus causing
>> themselves not to be counted in the audit of the ad's
>> effectiveness.
> It's your browser that does that, not the server -- the server never
> sees the backslash.  This behavior originated in IE but has
> apparently
> spread to other browsers recently (Opera does it; I did not check
> Firefox).
> I blame Microsoft for using the wrong path separator character.
> -GAWollman

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