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From "Andreas Hartmann (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (COCOON-2249) XHTMLSerializer uses entity references &quot; and &apos; which cause JavaScript parse errors
Date Wed, 21 Jan 2009 15:02:00 GMT
XHTMLSerializer uses entity references &quot; and &apos; which cause JavaScript parse
errors
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                 Key: COCOON-2249
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/COCOON-2249
             Project: Cocoon
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Blocks: Serializers
    Affects Versions: 2.1.12-dev (Current SVN), 2.2-dev (Current SVN)
            Reporter: Andreas Hartmann


The XHTMLSerializer, or, more specifically, the XHMLEncoder, from the serializers block in
Cocoon 2.1.x escapes all characters with a corresponding HTML 4.0 character entity reference
into this entity reference. This causes issues with inline JavaScript, since e.g. the double
quotes are transformed to &quot; which causes a JavaScript parsing error. Another minor
negative effect is the increased document size.

If I understand the W3C correctly, see e.g. [2], the recommended approach is to use the character
set of the encoding as far as possible,
and use escapes only in exceptional circumstances. I didn't find a reason why the XHTMLSerializer
uses escapes, but I suspect that it is related to browser compatibility issues.

Maybe we could make this behaviour configurable, e.g.

  <use-entity-references>true|false</use-entity-references>



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