Unescaped '&'

Richard Light richard at light.demon.co.uk
Mon Nov 3 09:21:12 GMT 1997

In message <41135C785691CF11B73B00805FD4D2D703E4FCA8 at red-17-
msg.dns.microsoft.com>, Chris Lovett <clovett at microsoft.com> writes
>As for the ampersands, this is a real problem.  We found with our experience
>with CDF that customers just can't handle putting &amp; inside their URL's.

I don't follow the logic here.  My understanding is that spaces within
URLs have to be escaped (hence most of the changes, for XPointers, to
the TEI Extended Pointer spec).  So if '&' has to be followed by a space
in order to be unescaped, but that space itself has to be escaped - what
exactly are you gaining?


Richard Light
SGML/XML and Museum Information Consultancy
richard at light.demon.co.uk

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