I overheard two of my coworkers the other day talking about it and I actually ran into it myself the other day.  What am I talking about?  Its the common practice to use encode urls spaces as '-' when the standard says they should be '+'. 

For example:


I think it is weird for this to happen.  Both the php urlencode function and the asp.net Server.UrlEncode function do not do this, they will convert spaces to '+'. 

So these begs the question of, why do they do this?

My best guess, just because it looks better.  I think search engines caught on and now will treat '-' as a space when they parse the urls for keywords, which is to bad for things that actually have a '-' in their keywords.