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How to encode a period in a route path?

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For gory legacy reasons, I need to use some content which has periods in the 'slug', like

index.php/something/3.1_Introduction/

... but obviously this gets misinterpreted as the URL_ID_DELIMITER, followed by a quick trip to hell in a handbasket.

Is there any built in way of encoding round this, or do I just need to modify all my legacy data? Note that I can't alter the router to handle it, as my data is being served by some else's addon.

-- hugh