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Re: entities

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 20:42:53 +0300 (EEST)
To: CyberGhost <cyberghost636@yahoo.co.uk>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.58.0505132040160.6254@korppi.cs.tut.fi>

On Fri, 13 May 2005, CyberGhost wrote:

> There may be a bug in validation websites regarding to
> parsing possible entity errors.

There isn't.

> On my website, for example, after parsing were found
> many errors of this type simply because the parser has
> found an AND character in the LINK.

You mean the ampersand, "&". When followed by a letter, it starts an
entity reference. Thus, you should fix these errors by replacing the "&"
by "&amp;", as suggested in the validator's FAQ.

> In other words, when parsing HREFs in a website
> referring to another website, passing variables in
> URL, a HTML ENTITY ERROR is automatically generated if
> the parser finds one (or more) AND(s) along the HREF
> URL.

Whether an entity appears within an href attribute value is completely
immaterial in validation. As far as validation is concerned, there is
nothing special about such attributes.

Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
Received on Friday, 13 May 2005 17:43:00 UTC

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