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Ampersand [was: Re: [VE] [325] Add Subject Here

From: Fred H Olson <fholson@cohousing.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 06:51:05 -0500 (CDT)
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <alpine.DEB.2.00.1304180641530.5545@web02.tigertech.net>
On 17 Apr 2013 Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi> wrote:

>Alternatively, ignore the messages.
>The use of "&", when followed by a name, which is not followed by a
>semicolon, is a violation of HTML 4.01 rules. But it does not cause any
>actual harm. Browsers and search engines take the "&" as a data
>character, not as starting an entity reference, provided that the name
>is not an entity name as per HTML 4.01. This error recovery has been
>formally described and made mandatory in the HTML5 CR.

So should non entity uses of "&" (e.g. " Sam & Mary" ) be replaced
with "&amp;" ?
Are there performance penalties if they are left in?
If it becomes common to just leave them, should the validator
and the option to be configured to not report them?


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