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Posted on 2011-03-21
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I am having a issue sending an encoded URL to the window.open function.  I'm cant for the life of me figure it out.  I am mainly a PHP coder who uses is comfortable with JS but dont konw all the nuances to be proficient.

I have a function that opens a window with a selected URL
function makeLargeRemote(choice) {
     var chasm = screen.availWidth - 910;
     Remote = window.open(choice,"sub", "width=900,height=700,scrollbars=yes,top=110,left=" + chasm);
     Remote.focus();
}

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Pretty simple, I have a link on the page
<a href=javascript:makeLargeRemote('http://www.google.com')>Google!</a>

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That link would work fine, and when I pass simple GET varialbes, that works (ie 'fname=John&lname=Doe')

My problem comes when I have a more complicated GET variable (ie 'job=1002&note=Jack%26Jill', equates to Jack&Jill)

If I have that URL code for the ampersand in the link, and pass that to the function, javascript reads that %26 as an & and passes is as such to the browser so the page that opens is 'http://server/page.php?job=1002¬e=Jack&Jill" instead of "page.php?job=1002&note=Jack%26Jill"

I manually enter the correct encoding directly into the function (choice = '/page.php?job=1002&note=Jack%26Jill') it works, but only when I feed URL through the link does it get caught up.

I have tried using PHP to urlencode the link before its sent, but as I said, the function interprets that %26 as an actual &.

I have also tried escape(), but that translates the whole string to URL encoding which also doesnt work.

Please help
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by:sjklein42
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When you escape the GET variable, try turning the & ampersand into %2526 (which has an escaped percent sign) rather than just %26.

That will defer the expanding of the ampersand by two stages rather than just one.
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None of those worked.  I ended up created my own str_replace function for the & going to _AMP_
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Thanks for trying guys
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None of the solutions submitted worked, and I had to divise my own solution.
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