Originally Posted by mgrz
Just an off-topic note: Can't we just use the goddamn Quotation marks instead of "& quot" guys?! It gets annoying!
The older postings are apparently undergoing double-encoding. Characters like double-quotes are special
characters in HTML, so when they appear in text they need to be "escaped" from the rest of the text so that the browser will render them properly. A double-quote is translated as follows:" encodes to " and decodes to "
The initial ampersand indicates to the browser a special character is coming up, and the trailing semicolon indicates the end of the encoding. Unfortunately, that ampersand in the encoding is also
a special character, so if the text gets mistakenly encoded twice
, you get the following:" encodes to " which further encodes to &quot; which decodes a single time to "
Examination of the source code for these pages indicates that the older postings have apparently been encoded twice
before transmission, but are being decoded only once
by the browser. That is why we're seeing "
This double-encoding problem made an appearance previously when bluesoul
built a Firefox plug-in to search the fragrance database. See here
. Don't sweat it, mgrz
, no one is doing it to get on your nerves ... yet.