Monday, January 14, 2008

Interesting difference between ie and firefox/opera regarding location.href

Recently here at inotech we ran into some oddities regarding javascript in different browsers. This test page shows the issue:

<h2>Test of ampersands </h2>
<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" ><!--

Note the the "&" in the location.href value have been escaped already to "&amp;".

In Internet Explorer the following is echoed back from the form:

cat = felix
dog = fido

But in Firefox and IE we get,

cat = felix
amp;dog = fido

IE converts the "&amp;" to just "&", although I think Firefox/Opera are doing the right thing not to escape the amp. No charge for this tip today, but be careful in how you specify the ampersand in your hrefs.

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