[pmwiki-users] url parms with ampersands and w3c validation
Patrick R. Michaud
pmichaud at pobox.com
Wed Oct 19 08:12:18 CDT 2005
On Wed, Oct 19, 2005 at 01:28:09AM -0500, Chris Cox wrote:
> According to w3c, you can't have raw apersands in URLs.
One cannot have raw ampersands in an *HTML document*, because the
ampersand is used to denote character entities. Thus within an
HTML document, one has to use "&" instead of "&", even in
things like src="..." and href="...". HTML authors often forget
about this when creating HTML.
It's perfectly valid to have raw ampersands in urls; in fact, the
CGI specification explicitly says to use "&" to separate parameters.
> So I figured something like
> would work. But the & becomes a regular ampersand inside
> of the link in html and fails validation.
In markup, this should be
i.e., the actual url as it would appear in the address bar of a browser.
PmWiki already takes care of converting ampersands to "&" as
needed in the HTML output.
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