Tie::UrlEncoder - interpolatably URL-encode strings

Syntactic sugar for URL-Encoding strings. Tie::UrlEncoder imports a tied hash %urlencode into your package, which delivers a RFC 1738 URL Encoded string of whatever is given to it, for easy embedding of URL-Encoded strings into doublequoted templates.


  our %urlencode;       # make use strict happy
  use Tie::UrlEncoder 0.01; # import ties %urlencode
  print "To add $id to your list, click here:\n";
  print "$urlencode{$id}\n";


No longer must you clutter up your CGI program with endless repetitions of line noise code that performs this tricky function. Simply use Tie::UrlEncoder and you instantly get a magic %urlencode hash that gives you an Url Encoded version of the key: $urlencode{$WhatYouWantToEncode} is ready to interpolate in double-quoted literals without messy intermediate variables.


you get our %urlencode imported into your package by default.

Defeat this wanton pollution (perhaps if you already have something called %urlencode) by invoking use with an empty list and tieing a different hash.

  use Tie::UrlEncoder 0.01 ();
  tie my %MagicUrlEncodingHash, 'Tie::UrlEncoder';
  qq( <a href="$MagicUrlEncodingHash{$SpecialData}">
      Click here to add your special data <em>$SpecialData</em></a> );



I was setting this up for a project I am working on and thought, it's useful in general so why not publish it.


silence a warning that has appeared with 5.10 (rt #35807)

A Companion Piece

A hash-tieing interface for HTML escapes is available as HTML::Entities::Interpolate


RFC 1738 says:

   In addition, octets may be encoded by a character triplet consisting
   of the character "%" followed by the two hexadecimal digits (from
   "0123456789ABCDEF") which forming the hexadecimal value of the octet.
   (The characters "abcdef" may also be used in hexadecimal encodings.)

   Octets must be encoded if they have no corresponding graphic
   character within the US-ASCII coded character set, if the use of the
   corresponding character is unsafe, or if the corresponding character
   is reserved for some other interpretation within the particular URL

so, 0.2 includes a use bytes before the substitution operator. Research indicates that the bytes pragma first appeared in 5.006, which is the version of perl that v0.01 wants already, so the techniques at are not needed.


Copyright (C) 2004, 2009 david nicol released under your choice of the GNU Public or Artistic licenses


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RFC 1738