Embedding comment in another site does not support case-sensitive URLs

(Greg Pierce) #1

Embedding Discourse comments in another site does not support case-sensitive URLs.

Using the standard embedding instructions provided in the admin interface, under Customize > Embedding, the host site provides the discourseEmbedURL value. If providing case-sensitive URL paths, such as http://site.com/AAA and http://site.com/aaa, the same comment thread will be embedded in both pages.

The root of this issue is in the normalizeURL function in Discourse’s public/javascript/embed.js file, which currently reads:

function normalizeUrl(url) {
    return url.toLowerCase().replace(/^https?(\:\/\/)?/, '');

I would argue there is no reason to lower case the URL provided. The URL is provided by the host application, which should be able to make decisions about what is considered a unique URL. Removing toLowerCase() should be a non-breaking change that will allow case-sensitive URLs to be supported properly.

function normalizeUrl(url) {
    return url.replace(/^https?(\:\/\/)?/, '');


(Jay Pfaffman) #2

I think that it’s confusing to people to have URLs that are case sensitive so it makes sense to downcase them.

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(Michael Brown) #3

No, one should never assume that URL paths are case insensitive.

I suspect this was done because we had people having trouble embedding without the toLowerCase, @techAPJ?

@agiletortoise I presume you are raising this because this is actually causing a problem for you somewhere?

(Greg Pierce) #4

Yes, it is. I have case-sensitive identifiers in the URLs in the action directory site I run for my app (example).

In retrospect, I should probably not have used case-senstive IDs, but that’s water under the bridge - would be hard to change now. Used a generator similar to those used for URLs shorteners like bitly (which are also case-sensitive).

I’d agree this could be a problem if it were a case that the user had to enter these URLs, but since the embedding is done programmatically, it doesn’t seem necessary to downcast.

(Michael Brown) #5

eh, URL paths MUST be treated as case sensitive by external systems… just like email usernames, but that’s a story for another time