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    I'm trying to validate a website of mine that uses Befree links and am running into issues validating under HTML 4.01 Transitional, because of the characters " & " and " = ". My questions is, is it ok to change these two characters in order to be compliant?

    I guess the correct structure for & is &a mp; (space inserted between a m to prevent the conversion to ampersand). Is that correct, has anyone had this issue?

    And does anyone know what the proper replacementis for = ? Will the links still work, track and be paid on with these changes?

    Thanks for any help...

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    Well I tried replacing the & in the link as suggested by W3C, and it renders the link worthless, any ideas?

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    Worthless? What is happening? Any decent browser should render the &a mp; (space inserted) properly.
    Unless you are using a htaccess (or similar) redirect to an url with &a mp;, that means trouble. But then the url containing the &a mp; would not be on the page you are validating

    The "=" problem is probably because = is not an allowed character between & and ;

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    You might want to try substituting %26 for the ampersand in the URL.

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    About the only way you're going to be able to validate with W3C is by placing the link code in a Javascript file and do an include.

    It just will not validate. I gave up as the maintenance on the js includes as it seemed like double the work. I do try to be in compliance with everything else on the page. I also leave out comments between

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    I've been replacing the & with an amp on various sites. BeFree is tracking some sales and impressions. I would not be surprised to learn that I lost a large number of sales because BeFree has difficulty conforming to internet standards.

    BTW I really like the ampersand free CJ link format. Now that BeFree and CJ are owned by the same parent, I hope BeFree implements the CJ link format.

    For that matter, since BeFree simply redirects to the merchant, I see few reasons why they shouldn't be able to allow both the elegant CJ link format and the awkward BeFree format.

    CrassCommercial.com

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    quote:
    & with an amp on various sites


    If I understand you are putting the amp in same as when frontpage adds this to the & to
    it, resulting in &a mp;, is making your link untrackable
    You may want to confirm with BF as think they even claimed so much in here before

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