Kevin Meredith Kevin Meredith - 4 months ago 30
Javascript Question

JavaScript encodeURIComponent With Backslash

w3schools says the following about

encodeURIComponent
function:


This function encodes special characters. In addition,
it encodes the following characters:
, / ? : @ & = + $ #
.


Does that mean that it cannot encode a backslash (
\
)?

Answer

This function encodes special characters. In addition, it encodes the following characters: , / ? : @ & = + $ # .

This definition is vague as to what "special characters" are. It sounds like a comparison between encodeURI and encodeURIComponent. Both will correctly escape \ as %5C, so you don't have to worry about backslashes.

encodeURI will leave the listed characters as it is assumed that the entire URI is being encoded:

encodeURI('http://example.com/foo bar/baz.html');
//produces "http://example.com/foo%20bar/baz.html"

encodeURIComponent will escape everything as it is assumed that the string is to be used as part of a query-string:

'http://example.com?foo=' + encodeURIComponent('http://example.com/fizz/buzz.html');
//produces "http://example.com?foo=http%3A%2F%2Fexample.com%2Ffizz%2Fbuzz.html"