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Ampersand in URI - according to www.w3.org

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Hello,

Accordng to W3C, the ampresands in URI's have to be '&' as in other html. Could there be any problems if you just make them (like the most web-sites do) just '&' ?

The validator on W3C does seem to think this is a problem.

see:
http://www.htmlhelp.com/tools/validator/problems.html#amp
for more info...

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Question by:Navecha
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Some of the Older browsers this was a problem, because & was used as the start of a tag, the browser would think it was a tag.
It really depends on your target audience. If you are certain that over 75% of your viewers are using newer browsers, it may not be a problem, however, if the majority of your viewers, and or if you really want EVERYONE to see it as you intend it, it is safer to use & .

Personally I just use & because it was the only one I specifically remember that could cause problems in certain browsers.
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I read the note on W3C, it's all about hassle, if you don't want to be hassled with a potential problem, just use & If you don't mind doing things twice, use &.
but on the safe side, less complaints by users viewing pages, which in this day in age, they don't complain, they just don't come back.
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The big, professional company web sites does still use "&", not "&".
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