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RE: Character entities and URIs

From: Dave J Woolley <david.woolley@bts.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 11:53:03 +0100
Message-ID: <81E4A2BC03CED111845100104B62AFB5824AB5@stagecoach.bts.co.uk>
To: "'www-html@w3.org'" <www-html@w3.org>
> From:	C. Dimitrakakis [SMTP:olethrosdc@yahoo.com]
> Some links to cgi scripts end with :  ?var1=this&var2=that
	They are broken.

> This makes the SGML description for HTML4.0 thinks that this &va is a some
> kind of special character entity which it isn't.
> So, how do I make a link to a cgi script while making clear that &va is
> not
> a character? Won't using &amp break the cgi script?
	[DJW:]  &amp; will not break on any conforming browser,
	as &amp; is transformed into & before the URL is sent as
	an HTTP request.

	This is covered in paragraph B.2.2 of the HTML 4 specification.
	[DJW:]  The W3C web site appears down, otherwise I'd
	give you a URL for the paragraph.

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