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Re: ampersands as literal characters in a URL?

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 15:07:18 +0200
To: Tony.Rees@csiro.au
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <6ct8rtkvkk97re5p4094emnqafo82e4aal@4ax.com>
* Tony.Rees@csiro.au wrote:
>Maybe somebody can help me. I have some HTML documents which I am trying to
>validate against HTML 4.01 using the HTML validator on the W3 site. I can
>resolve all problems apart from the use of the ampersand character (&)
>within a URL where it performs a function to concatenate parameters which
>are being sent to a CGI script or (in my case) an Oracle PL/SQL procedure.

You have to distinguish between URIs and attribute values,
<a href='script?a=1&amp;b=2'>...</a> really works on almost
all browsers. The URI is still script?a=1&b=2 but with
characters that must be escaped escaped. Not escaping the
ampersand may cause major problems.
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