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Re: Ampersand trouble?

From: Masayasu Ishikawa <mimasa@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 01:59:22 +0900
To: ck6@evansville.edu
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-Id: <20000215015922W.mimasa@w3.mag.keio.ac.jp>
"Clark Kimberling" <ck6@evansville.edu> wrote:

> Having tried for hours to validate a page, I finally turned to
> http://validator.w3.org/feedback.html
> and got the impression that URIs which contain Ampersands (&'s) may have
> some problems.

For more information, take a look at "B.2.2 Ampersands in URI attribute
values" of HTML 4 Specification, at:


> Can I validate a page that uses lots of &'s?  It's a mathematical page with
> lots of Greek symbols and other &goodies, so I really must use &'s.  I'd
> really like, also, to be able to display the Validated logo.

The "problem" is that you cannot use "&" directly within URI attribute
values; you may use character/numeric entity references in normal text.

As far as I can see, your page doesn't include "&" within URI
attribute values, so that "problem" won't affect you.  Just validate
your page with the validator, and fix other problems.

Masayasu Ishikawa / mimasa@w3.org
W3C - World Wide Web Consortium
Received on Monday, 14 February 2000 11:59:39 UTC

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