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URL parameters and Ampersands

Thread began 7/29/2009 5:11 pm by ccooper309155 | Last modified 7/29/2009 8:10 pm by ccooper309155 | 2758 views | 5 replies |

ccooper309155

URL parameters and Ampersands

Hi

Using ASP VB.

I need to send some railroad names to another page via URL parameter.

A name like Southern Pacific works:

e.g. railroad_prod_list.asp?Road=Southern%20Pacific

But a name such as Baltimore & Ohio doesn't work because of the ampersand.

e.g. railroad_prod_list.asp?Road=Baltimore%20&%20Ohio

The ampersand confuses things because it means something different to the server and browser.

How can I work around this?

And no, I can't change the railroad names!

Thanks

Craig

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Justin Nemeth

try using Server.URLEncode() around your railroad names. That should convert the & to a url friendly character.

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ccooper309155

Originally Said By: Justin Nemeth
  try using Server.URLEncode() around your railroad names. That should convert the & to a url friendly character.  



Thanks.

Will give it a try and let you know how it goes.

Does it matter that the railroad names are generated dynamically on the sending page?

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Justin Nemeth

No, that function can accept any string - so a field from the database could just be wrapped in that function.

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ccooper309155

Originally Said By: Justin Nemeth
  No, that function can accept any string - so a field from the database could just be wrapped in that function.  



Okay, I'm a dope.

Here is my link:


<a href="railroad_list.asp?RailRoad=<%=(rs_Railroad.Fields.Item("RailRoad").Value)%>"><%=(rs_Railroad.Fields.Item("RailRoad").Value)%></a>

How/where exactly do I apply the Server.URLEncode() to this code?

Everything I tried didn't work.

Thanks!

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ccooper309155

I solved it:

<a href="railroad_list.asp?RailRoad=<%=(Server.URLEncode((rs_Railroad.F ields.Item("RailRoad").Value)))%>"><%=(rs_Railroad.F ields.Item("RailRoad").Value)%></a>

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