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Re: False parsing error inside href="http://..." !

From: Dominique Meeùs <dominique@d-meeus.be>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 11:12:10 +0000
Message-ID: <4A9BAFE0.90007@d-meeus.be>
To: Helder Magalhães <helder.magalhaes@gmail.com>
CC: www-amaya <www-amaya@w3.org>
Helder Magalhães a écrit ce qui suit, le 31/08/09 12:06 :
> Hi Dominique,
>>  line 1969, char 98: not well-formed (invalid token)
>> But the line is
>>  <em class="ouvrage"><a
>> href="http://studies.d-meeus.be/wikindx3/index.php?action=resourceView&id=401">Dreams
>> which is perfectly legitimate (char. 98 is the d of id=).
> The problem here isn't the "d" of "id" but it's the fact that you
> haven't escaped the "&" character in the URL, reason why Amaya (and
> probably other browsers/HTML parsers also) is complaining: it's trying
> to parse "id" as an HTML/XML entity [1]. Replacing "&" by "&amp;" will
> probably "fix" it (note that I haven't tried to reproduce this
> behavior). ;-)

Yes, Amaya was emphasising the d but eventually I understood it was the &

Is it normal to "parse" as html or xml a value inside " " and/or to 
"correct" it?

Html Tidy does also correct such a & in a URL. I remember that some 
servers do not understand http requests with &amp; instead of &. I had 
to re-correct all my &amp; back to & after using Tidy (I knew there were 
no other & than in URLs). If the correct syntax is 
"http://domain.net/index.php?action=this&lang=fr&something=that" why 
should Amaya or Html Tidy make this impossible?

Amicalement, Dominique.
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