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Re: eCommerce links-non compatible with Validator.

From: Kevin R. Phillips <kevin@audiodesigns.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 14:31:53 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <v01530502b4fecdd724bc@[205.214.163.53]>
To: L.Wood@eim.surrey.ac.uk
Cc: www-validator@w3.org, gerald@w3.org

Hi Lloyd,
We did read the FAQ. In fact, we have filled 2 - 4" thick binders with
accessibility guidelines, specifications, and the FAQs so familiarity with
the basic '&amp;' is not the issue.
Here's the response I sent to Christian and David who were very helpful and
brought up the same concern with '&amp;' :

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I thought that might be the case but unfortunately these links are for
ordering the product assigned to that link. The link is created by the
ecommerce software when it is entered into the database (and cannot be
customized). We won't be able to change it to '&amp;' or else the link
won't function.

Thanks for the quick response!
Kevin

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>I thought the problem might have been with the '&' character in the
>parameter strings. To be compatible, the actual link needs to contain
>'&amp;' instead of just '&':
>
>Good: <a href="http://www.test.com/script.asp?Parm1=ABC&amp;Parm2=DEF">
>
>Bad: <a href="http://www.test.com/script.asp?Parm1=ABC&Parm2=DEF">
>(Results in 'general entity "Parm2" not defined' etc.)

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At 10:17 AM 3/22/2000, Lloyd Wood wrote:
>On Wed, 22 Mar 2000, Kevin Phillips wrote:
>
>> I've noticed that certain links created by shopping cart ecommerce
>> software has a syntax that's not compatible according to the Validator.
>> Here's the errors:
>>
>> Line 56, column 82:
>>
>>          ...
>> /www.upbeats.com/Merchant/merchant.mv?Screen=BASK&Store_Code=up1" onMo
>> ...
>>                                                                ^
>>
>>        Error: general entity "Store_Code" not defined and no default
>> entity
>
>
>You should be escaping and replacing & with &amp;
>
>Read the FAQ.
>
>L.
>
><L.Wood@surrey.ac.uk>PGP<http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/L.Wood/>
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