unescaped &, How serious?

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I have a table containing soccer kids and parents names. The parent
names tend to be of the "Mom & Pop Lastname" type (like Ellen & Bob
Smythe - ok?). I am pulling the data from a MySQL database into html
4.01 strict via php. The validator gave the unescaped warning. Now,
finally to the point - all tested browsers handle the & fine without the
I changed the php to "properly" display the &
Aside from personal satisfaction and a little larger file size - what
(if anything) did I gain?

This idle curiosity - not to confused with a serious problem.

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Re: unescaped &, How serious?

Terry wrote:
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Re: unescaped &, How serious?

Terry wrote:
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You shouldn't be storing & in the database anyway.  That's a display
issue, not the data itself.  Rather, change it just before you display
the data.

Don't confuse the data with the display of the data.  The data is '&'.
The display is '&'. What happens if at some later time you want to
print a report from the database, for instance.

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Jerry Stuckle
JDS Computer Training Corp.

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