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Java dynamic html href

I am trying to decipher someone elses undocumented code.

I do know that the following statement is designed to render a hyperlink on a line.

String myURL= “HTTP://MySite.com”;
out.println("<li class=\"\"><a href=\""+myURL+"/Help/Contact/front.cfm?fromJSP=1\" title=\"PMS385\">PMS385</a></li>");

What is the HTML that this statement renders?

Thanks,
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Dovberman
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
Unescape the '"' and replace the string and I get:
<li class=""><a href="HTTP://MySite.com/Help/Contact/front.cfm?fromJSP=1" title="PMS385">PMS385</a></li>

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DovbermanAuthor Commented:
Now it is clear.  The \" represents the "  character.

thanks,
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DovbermanAuthor Commented:
Thank you,
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>>Now it is clear.  The \" represents the "  character.

It is 'escaping' the next character.

Java interprets the " as a string delimiter.  To have one inside a string you 'escape' it.

http://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/java/data/characters.html

Escape Sequences

A character preceded by a backslash (\) is an escape sequence and has special meaning to the compiler. The following table shows the Java escape sequences:
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