Representing '&' in URLs

John Cowan cowan at
Fri Jan 22 19:11:44 GMT 1999

Robin Cover wrote:

> This makes the syntax valid, but unfortunately, only a few Web servers
> will be able to handle this notation.  The same engineers (apparently)
> who have designed the software to generate the malformed URLs have
> also designed the servers to grok ONLY raw (unescaped) ampersand.  For
> the notation you have offered, most processors will choke.  So, as
> a document author attempting to compose valid HTML/XML with links
> of this kind - you're hosed.

Note that this stricture applies only when you are trying to make
well-formed XML that is also usable HTML.  If you are only concerned
with XML, then use & without fear, as any XML processor will
do the right thing before passing the hyperlink to your application.

John Cowan		cowan at
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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