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- From: John Cowan <email@example.com>
- To: XML Dev <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 14:10:58 -0500
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 http://www.ccil.org/~cowan email@example.com
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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