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how to escape an ampersand or &sec in url

Posted on 2006-11-09
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Last Modified: 2007-12-19

I have the following URL which I'm entering into a database.

<a href="http://orient.bowdoin.edu/orient/article.php?date=2006-11-10§ion=3&id=1">http://orient.bowdoin.edu/orient/article.php?date=2006-11-10§ion=3&id=1</a>

The URL goes to the right page but the link displays on the website with a strange S character instead of &sec in the word section.  I realize &sec is the HTML code for the strange S character.  How do I escape the &sec in the URL so it reads correctly instead of displaying the S?

Question by:katrina_mc
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by:Mark Steggles
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Greetings Katrina,

You need to escape the &'s by using &amp;

So, your link should be

<a href="http://orient.bowdoin.edu/orient/article.php?date=2006-11-10&section=3&id=1">http://orient.bowdoin.edu/orient/article.php?date=2006-11-10&section=3&id=1</a>

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by:Mark Steggles
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just replace all & with &amp;

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