Hyperlink Not Accepting '&' Symbol

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10-06-2015 02:11 PM
TiffanySelvidge1
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I am using Operations Dashboard with Portal for ArcGIS. When I create a hyperlink in the Feature Details widget, every time I use the '&' symbol, the widget refuses to accept the hyperlink. If I display the entire hyperlinked url and then go back and type in each '&' symbol then the letters after the symbol and before another symbol are removed in the details display. The widget does not have a problem with the '?' or '=' symbols.

For example this:

Changes to this:

Any assistance will be appreciated. I have used hyperlinks many times but never before have run into this particular problem.

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TiffanySelvidge1
Occasional Contributor III

Okay, after much trial and error and very helpful assistance from users on gis stack exchange I have figured it out.

I had to use a combination of URL encoding and HTML encoding.

In the end, there were 3 symbols the software/browser/server was having trouble with: '&', '{', and '}'

For the '&', HTML encoding was needed.

For the '{', HTML or URL encoding was accepted.

For the '}', URL encoding was needed.

In order to get the hyperlink to work I had to delete everything and then go back and enter the new url into the system.

The end encoded result: http://www.mycompany.net/records/personal/details.asp?taxyear=2015&amp ;ppt=A&amp ;acct=%7Bacct%7D

I added the spaces between amp ; so this site would not automatically translate it to '&'. The actual encoded url does not contain those spaces.

And after all of that, I needed to submit the hyperlink, click ok for the widget, then go back into the edit mode again and once more click ok. If I only did the process once, then my hyperlinked field did not translate to the actual account. For some reason, going through the process twice jumpstarted the link and my {acct} was linked to the number.

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TiffanySelvidge1
Occasional Contributor III

I have been doing more research and have discovered the use of '&' in HTML for hyperlinks needs to be modified to & . I have made the change but now the url is taking out the '&' in the browser so the page still cannot be reached.

For example this:

Becomes this:

Which results in this and no valid webpage:

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TiffanySelvidge1
Occasional Contributor III

In addition to the url not including the '&'s when the hyperlink is clicked, an error message is appearing in the browser:

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TiffanySelvidge1
Occasional Contributor III

Okay, after much trial and error and very helpful assistance from users on gis stack exchange I have figured it out.

I had to use a combination of URL encoding and HTML encoding.

In the end, there were 3 symbols the software/browser/server was having trouble with: '&', '{', and '}'

For the '&', HTML encoding was needed.

For the '{', HTML or URL encoding was accepted.

For the '}', URL encoding was needed.

In order to get the hyperlink to work I had to delete everything and then go back and enter the new url into the system.

The end encoded result: http://www.mycompany.net/records/personal/details.asp?taxyear=2015&amp ;ppt=A&amp ;acct=%7Bacct%7D

I added the spaces between amp ; so this site would not automatically translate it to '&'. The actual encoded url does not contain those spaces.

And after all of that, I needed to submit the hyperlink, click ok for the widget, then go back into the edit mode again and once more click ok. If I only did the process once, then my hyperlinked field did not translate to the actual account. For some reason, going through the process twice jumpstarted the link and my {acct} was linked to the number.