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Masking the & in a URL variable

Posted on 2006-03-21
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Last Modified: 2013-12-24
My code is below...one of the records that shows up in my URL variable is the cable network A&E.  However the '&' is screwing up my search queries in my URL variable for 'networks'.  I'm sure this is an easy fix but if someone can point me in the right direction I'd be grateful.  Thanks

<cfif isdefined("form.submit") and form.submit EQ "Search Units">
<cflocation url="unit_search_results.cfm?city=#form.city#&subregion=#form.subregion#&network=#form.network#&timeslot=#form.timeslot#">
Question by:tags266
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Renante Entera earned 2000 total points
ID: 16253680
Hi tags266!

In this case, you will have to use CF functions URLEncodedFormat() and URLDecode() to resolve your problem.

For your reference, simply visit the following :
  URLEncodedFormat - http://livedocs.macromedia.com/coldfusion/6.1/htmldocs/funca114.htm#wp1114140
  URLDecode - http://livedocs.macromedia.com/coldfusion/6.1/htmldocs/funca113.htm#wp1114097

So, the code will be like this :
<!--- use URLEncodedFormat() first before sending it as value of you url parameters --->
<cfif isdefined("form.submit") and form.submit EQ "Search Units">
  <cfset newCity = URLEncodedFormat(form.city)>
  <cfset newSubregion = URLEncodedFormat(form.subregion)>
  <cfset newNetwork = URLEncodedFormat(form.network)>
  <cfset newTimeslot = URLEncodedFormat(form.timeslot)>

  <cflocation url="unit_search_results.cfm?city=#newCity#&subregion=#newSubregion#&network=#newNetwork#&timeslot=#newTimeslot#">

Then, on your "unit_search_results.cfm" :
<!--- use URLDecode() first before using its value as condition(s) on your query statement --->
  <cfset newCity = URLDecode(url.newCity )>
  <cfset newSubregion = URLDecode(url.newSubregion )>
  <cfset newNetwork = URLDecode(url.newNetwork )>
  <cfset newTimeslot = URLDecode(url.newTimeslot )>

  <!--- Then your query statement will follow ... --->

I hope that this helps you.  Just try it.

eNTRANCE2002 :-)

Author Comment

ID: 16391561
Thanks entrance..that's it.  sorry for the late points...i've increased them for you...just one thing was wrong with your <cflocation url which was confusing me...

This is what you wrote:
cflocation url="unit_search_results.cfm?city=#newCity#&subregion=#newSubregion#&network=#newNetwork#&timeslot=#newTimeslot#">

It should be:
cflocation url="unit_search_results.cfm?newcity=#newCity#&newsubregion=#newSubregion#&newnetwork=#newNetwork#&newtimeslot=#newTimeslot#">
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Expert Comment

by:Renante Entera
ID: 16397173
Hi tags266!

I apologize for that minor mistake.  Anyway, I'm glad that you've seen it.

BTW, thanks for the points and grade. I'm glad that I have helped you.  Hope to help you again...

eNTRANCE2002 :-)

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