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[_] Web site validity hall of shame

Adam Hayward adnam at
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
(, but
the W3C Validator says:

A reference to a URI that uses & as a separator between
parameters, such as "".
To solve this problem, simply replace all the &'s in
attribute values with & (user agents will convert
them back before following the links.)