Tag Archives: Ionic Rewrite

Microsoft Office Link Pre-fetching and Single Sign-On

I updated a site to use Single Sign-On (SSO) capability, specifically with Shibboleth, and was shocked to discover that links to the site in Microsoft Office files stopped working. This turns out to be a known issue with no definitive solution. So after thorough troubleshooting I created my own workaround, and as usual I hope sharing it will benefit others.
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Preserve encoded slashes in URL

To use a reserved character in a URL without invoking its special meaning, the character must be URL encoded. For example, a ? separates the page name from the query string, a & separates query string parameters, and a = separates parameter names from their values. These characters must be converted to %3F, %26, and %3D respectively if we want them interpreted literally.

In MVC applications, these special characters are less common because URLs follow a pattern like /Module/Controller/Action/Parameter1/Parameter2. In this case, the most important reserved character is the forward slash. Let’s see how to handle slashes in Zend Framework 1 URLs.
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