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From: Neil Smith <Neil_Smith@hargreaveslansdown.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 25 May 2006 12:41:08 +0100
Message-ID: <F8003EC770ECF341A39411089ED06E342AB316@hlemail01.hargreaveslansdown.co.uk>
To: <www-validator@w3.org>
Yep that sounds like a fair possibilty, according to the RFC2487 
[http://www.rfc-archive.org/getrfc.php?rfc=4287]  "  HTML"

However I'm finding it hard to explain why this would only kick an error
at the final position before a <title /> closing element - appearing to
be a "special case" makes me wonder about the parser instead of my
sanity ;-)

It's not possible to repro when the general <title /> element contains
A&amp;L within the content : 

&amp; has to be at the last-but-one character position before the
clising tag to repro, and (apparently) only before the closing title
element to the exclusion of other elements.

Peculiar, isn't it ?
Cheers - Neil

> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-validator-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:www-validator-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of David Dorward
> Sent: 25 May 2006 11:57
> To: Neil Smith
> Cc: www-validator@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Feed Validator : Parsing error in Atom [entity 
> preceding closing tag]
> On Thu, May 25, 2006 at 11:15:27AM +0100, Neil Smith wrote:
> > When submitting a document in Atom format to the feed validator 
> > service
> > http://validator.w3.org/feed/check.cgi
> > 
> > Inclusion of an &amp; entity followed by a single character in the 
> > range a-zA-Z only, before the closing <title /> element tag 
> causes the 
> > feed validator to report " EOF in middle of entity" :
> I'm not an expert on ATOM, but I believe this is what is happening:
> Your title element has a type attribute that specifies it 
> contains HTML and so the text must have special characters 
> represented by character references.
> This HTML is being represented in XML, so any special 
> characters in the HTML source must also be represented as 
> character entities.
> Thus: foo&bar in text becomes
>       foo&amp;bar in HTML and
>       foo&amp;amp; in XML encoded HTML
> You've only encoded the ampersand once, so are getting a warning.
> > Use of more than one alpha character after the &amp; entity 
> does not 
> > cause this error in the validator.  It should of course be 
> reasonable 
> > to end a title element in for example E&amp;O, or in our case the 
> > abbreviation for a company, i.e A&amp;L
> I'm now entering the realm of guesswork, but I suspect that 
> you can't have named entities with only one letter, so the 
> parser knows that &O; isn't a real entity, but that &Ox; could be.
> (I read the mailing list, please address responses there and do not CC
> me.)
> -- 
> David Dorward                                      
> http://dorward.me.uk
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