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From Robert Weber <rwe...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Problems with escaped ampersand in feed id
Date Thu, 27 Aug 2009 20:12:41 GMT
Hello Are:
My view to your problem is limited.

However, I would attempt first to decipher the default 'coding'.

Unicode-8 or Unicode-16 would, perhaps, allow a different '&amp;'
representation than the 'current' replacement that you are now experiencing.

For example, from my copy of 'Babel
I see a potential 'hex' replacement of '&#x0026;' and a potential 'decimal'
replacement of '&#38;'.

The 'UCN <http://www.unicode.org/versions/Unicode5.1.0/>' replacement
referring back to the 'utf-8' and 'utf-16' formats returns a replacement of

Either way you slice it, you are attempting to place a 'server' character
inside of a 'client' view.

You will need a 'method' that can toggle back to '&' prior to presenting the
valid mark-up back to the client screen.

Perhaps embedded in a returned 'CDATA' statement to isolate the machine

The Ruby <http://rubyzero.wordpress.com> programming language has some
interesting methods of converting 'to_string', to_int', etc.

I will point there and if I see a potential solution, I will return a 'flag'
to you (and, most probably, upload the solution to the 'blog' server.

Sorry...I am not all the wizard I am made out to be.

But, I try.


On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 12:20 PM, Are Gulbrandsen <
a.d.gulbrandsen@usit.uio.no> wrote:

> Hi
> I'm implementing atom feeds for a digital library application at the
> University of Oslo using Abdera. I'm new to Abdera but up to this problem,
> Abdera has been a pleasure to work with compared to Rome.
> Every search in the library application will have an equivalent atom feed.
> The feed will for instance be used by a department to show the last
> submitted theses or articles.
> I have generated an atom feed id based on a tag uri (RFC 4151) where the
> search parameters form the last (specific) part of the URI, for instance:
> tag:duo.uio.no,2009-09:/search?language=365&yearFrom=2008&yearTo=2009
> The problem is that the ampersands in the id gets escaped to &amp; and the
> id becomes:
> tag:duo.uio.no
> ,2009-09:/search?language=365&amp;yearFrom=2008&amp;yearTo=2009
> I have fetched and checked the ID with feed.getId(), and the escaping seems
> to be happening after feed.writeTo().
> I have tried both feed.writeTo("prettyxml", response.getWriter()) and
> feed.writeTo(response.getWriter()).
> After much browsing around the Abdera Javadocs and Googling I'm still
> clueless about why Abdera would escape the characters in the ID. - Anyone
> got an idea or a tip on how to resolve this?
> Best Regards,
> Are D. Gulbrandsen
> The XML-group,
> Center for Information Technology Services
> University of Oslo

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