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From: Pat Asher <>
Subject: Re: [FreeHelp] uploading help needed
Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 11:30:36 -0400
At 05:00 PM 5/27/2006, you wrote:
> As I said: These characters are NOT INVALID in filenames, but may
> require special handling, and are best avoided.
> Your ampersand example has nothing to do with filenames, per se.
> Ampersand is a reserved character in HTML and requires special
> encoding (as &) in /all/ contexts -- except, of course, when
> used as part of a character entity, such as "&" itself.
A link written to
will not validate. If it doesn't validate, some browsers may return
the dreaded 404 File not found error -- which makes it invalid in my book <g>
Not all webmasters at Freepages are familiar with ASCII character
codes (i.e. "&" to replace "&"). And visitors to their sites are
even less likely to know they can right click to view source, copy
the problem URL, paste it in the address box of their browser, and
change the ampersand to the ASCII character code before hitting Go/Enter.
Special characters *are* reserved for scripts (executables) and can
cause unintended consequences when used in file names on the web. I
remember one named
Is this "Nanny" & George?.jpg