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On ampersands.

From: Paul McGarry <paulm@opentec.com.au>
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 03:39:25 -0400 (EDT)
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-id: <3962E849.BD9DE47F@opentec.com.au>
Hello,

I've been trying to determine whether unentified ampersands really
are invalid in attributes in html 4. I've come to the conclusion
that it isn't invalid, just heavily frowned upon.

Nothing particularly interesting or new there to you guys I imagine,
but in my experiments my fevered brain discovered that while the html
validator marks unentified ampersands invalid, it is happy to
generate such URLs itself and then display the W3 tick on it's page.

Talk about double standards!

In case you find this vaguely interesting you can see for yourself
by visiting links from here:
http://homepages.tig.com.au/~mcgarry/opera/ampersand/index.html

And if it looks like I have too much time on my hands, I only
wish that were true.....

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Systems Integrator      http://www.opentec.com.au 
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Received on Wednesday, 5 July 2000 13:02:30 GMT

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