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[_] Web site validity hall of shame

Adam Hayward adnam at sdf.lonestar.org
Wed Jun 18 17:24:00 BST 2003

On Wed, 18 Jun 2003, Iain Harrison spake thus:

>
> URLs are not HTML and should be treated as literals, and not parsed at all.
>

Hmmm, there's no reference to that in the HTML 4.01 Specification
(http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/charset.html#h-5.3), but
the W3C Validator says:

A reference to a URI that uses & as a separator between
parameters, such as "http://example.org/prog?x=1&y=2".
To solve this problem, simply replace all the &'s in
attribute values with & (user agents will convert
them back before following the links.)

-- http://validator.w3.org/docs/errors.html#bad-entity

HTH?

~adnam