[FOSDEM] Little ampersand (&) encoding problem in schedule

Jarek pub at loomchild.net
Thu Jan 30 14:40:01 CET 2014


On 30/01/14 14:28, Christopher Orr wrote:
> On 30/01/14 14:15, Jarek wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have noticed that in XML schedule at
>> https://fosdem.org/2014/schedule/xml a string "&" appears in
>> about 20 talk descriptions. I think it should be just "&", otherwise
>> it will display ugly in mobile apps.
>> Example (in second paragraph of the abstract):
>>          <abstract><p>Entangle is an open source project that
>> provides a Linux desktop application for “tethered shooting”. It uses
>> the ligphoto2 library to trigger the camera shutter, preview shots via
>> the camera's "live view" capability, download captured images and access
>> all the live camera settings. It is useful for a variety of use cases
>> including studio model shoots, macro still life, stop motion animation
>> shoots, astro-photography and more.</p>
>> <p>The talk will be targeted at Linux users &amp; developers
>> who are photographers interested in any of the aforementioned use
>> cases.</p></abstract>
> That looks like HTML embedded in XML, so ampersands probably should be
> escaped like that, like the <p> tag is escaped at the start of the
> abstract.

Ah, I see. I was surprised that in titles they are just escaped as 
'&', but in descriptions as '&amp;', but that explains it - 
titles are plaintext and descriptions are HTML.

> Are you actually seeing formatting issues in one of the mobile apps?  If
> so, I guess it's up to the app authors to handle HTML-formatted text in
> the abstracts, since that seems to be the intention.

I see formatting errors in N900 sojourner app which does not handle HTML 
descriptions and treats it as text ('<' becomes '<', '&' becomes 
'&', but '&amp'; becomes '&'). I have fixed the error by 
stripping out unnecessary tags, so not a problem anymore.

Thanks for explanation,

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