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RE: validator and refc delimiter

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spin.ie>
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 17:37:02 +0100
To: "WAI List \(E-mail\)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

> this works
> http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/mini.cgi?membername=tuluum&url=http
> %3A//www.l
> ive365.com/cgi-bin/mini.cgi%3Fmembername%3Dtuluum&tm=1033561327384
> this does not
> http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/mini.cgi?membername=tuluum&amp;url=
> http%3A//w
> ww.live365.com/cgi-bin/mini.cgi%3Fmembername%3Dtuluum&amp;tm=1033561327384

What browser did you try this with. I made a html page with both of those in
<a> links and both worked. I would guess that in the case of the first link
the browser's parsing realised that there was no such entity as
561327384; and that I must have meant &amp;

This kind of behaviour is encouraged in the HTML4.0 spec (i.e. that browsers
should make a best-attempt to render correctly when encountering an obvious
bug), but there have been more than one occasion where browsers have been
better at handling bugs than at handling correct code!

Of course only the first should work if copied directly into the address
bar, but that's a completely different matter.
Received on Thursday, 3 October 2002 12:32:55 UTC

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