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Thursday, June 10, 2010


While working on boomerang, I needed to get at the current document's URL. The way I generally do that is via the location.href property. This worked perfectly until I hit upon a URL with a # in it. The # was correctly URL encoded to %23, and most browsers returned the correct string in location.href.

Safari 4.x was the only exception. It returned the URL after decoding. This wouldn't be a problem on its own, except that only the URL portion was decoded. location.search (everything after the ?) and location.hash (everything after the #) were untouched.

This meant that a URL like this:
Would show up in location.href as this:
This was a problem, because I now had two # signs in the URL, and would have to twist through hoops to correctly encode the URL. The bug is actually in Webkit, and affects Android too. Thanks to Ryan Grove for pointing me to it.

Then I discovered the document.URL property. This is exactly the same as location.href, except that it isn't affected by the bug in Safari 4.x.

I've tested in other browsers, and it seems to work as expected, so that's what I'm using for now.

Oh, and if you don't know what boomerang is yet, wait until June 24.


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