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 +# URL Encoding
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 +URL Encoding (also known as percent encoding) is the process of converting a [URL](/​glossary/​u/​url) so as to replace *reserved* characters that have a special meaning with special *escape* character sequences.
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 +For example `/` might be replaced with `%2F` and `(` with `%28`.
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 +This is done to differentiate between when the characters used as text and when they are used in their special meaning.
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 +## More information
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 +* The [rfc3986](https://​tools.ietf.org/​html/​rfc3986) specification ​
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 +* [Escape Utils](https://​atom.io/​packages/​escape-utils) for the [atom editor](https://​atom.io/​).