How could I check if string has already been encoded?
For example, if I encode
TEST==, I get
TEST%3D%3D. If I again encode last string, I get
TEST%253D%253D, I would have to know before doing that if it is already encoded...
I have encoded parameters saved, and I need to search for them. I don't know for input parameters, what will they be - encoded or not, so I have to know if I have to encode or decode them before search.
Decode, compare to original. If it does differ, original is encoded. If it doesn't differ, original isn't encoded. But still it says nothing about whether the newly decoded version isn't still encoded. A good task for recursion.
I hope one can't write a quine in urlencode, or this algorithm would get stuck.
Use regexp to check if your string contains illegal characters (i.e. characters which cannot be found in URL-encoded string, like whitespace).
Joel on software had a solution for this sometime back - http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/Wrong.html
Or You may add some prefix to the Strings.
You can't know for sure, unless your strings conform to a certain pattern, or you keep track of your strings. As you noted by yourself, a String that is encoded can also be encoded, so you can't be 100% sure by looking at the string itself.
Try decoding the url. If the resulting string is shorter than the original then the original URL was already encoded, else you can safely encode it (either it is not encoded, or even post encoding the url stays as is, so encoding again will not result in a wrong url). Below is sample pseudo (inspired by ruby) code:
# Returns encoded URL for any given URL after determining whether it is already encoded or not def escape(url) unescaped_url = URI.unescape(url) if (unescaped_url.length < url.length) return url else return URI.escape(url) end end