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> There are strict URL handlers and friendly URL handlers (which should
> encompass anyURI and IRIs). The strict ones will fail if ":"
> is used. You
> never know which one the program uses.
> Actually, I guess the correct syntax is
> but I have never used that.
path = path-abempty (etc)
path-abempty = *( "/" segment )
segment = *pchar
pchar = unreserved / pct-encoded / sub-delims / ":" / "@"
So ":" is explicitly allowed inside a segment of the hierarchical path.