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Re: HTML Validator Bug (Validator FAQ #2)

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 14:13:29 -0700
Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.19991008141329.008e5470@mail.idyllmtn.com>
To: "Nathan Miller" <webpage@depere.k12.wi.us>
Cc: "www-validator@w3.org" <www-validator@w3.org>
Hi, this isn't a bug in the validator; the correct way to encode
ampersands in CDATA (which is what URIs are, when included in 
HTML pages) is to use &amp;.  Using &amp; where you have & will
work on nearly any browser out there -- see the archives of this
list for details.

--Kynn

At 04:55 PM 10/08/1999 -0400, Nathan Miller wrote:
>I am writing to inform you of a bug with the validator.
>When validating a page with a URI containing and ampersand (for cgi purposes), the validator returns an error saying that (the variable name following the ampersand) is not a valid entity.  
>The validator should not look for entities in (URLs, URIs, URNs, etc.) because (to the best of my knowledge) the ampersand is not used to indicate an entity when dealing with URIs. (% is used).
>
>Please fix this bug.
>
>thanks,
>
>Nathan J. Miller
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>Member of the Web Standards Project
>Member of the WSP Grassroots Action Comittee
>USDD Webmaster
>
>
>
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Kynn Bartlett  <kynn@idyllmtn.com>                   http://www.kynn.com/
Chief Technologist, Idyll Mountain Internet      http://www.idyllmtn.com/
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Received on Friday, 8 October 1999 17:28:44 GMT

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