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iCal calendars, the '&' character, and clickable URLs Apps
I own a company that has an ampersand in our business name. We have our company name in some of the calendars we publish for all employees to use. When copying the URL to the clipboard (or sending the publish email), iCal does not replace the ampersand, so the resulting links do not work.

We've found that replacing the ampersand with the proper hex code (%26) will cause them to work fine in links. Although all characters are not allowed, the ones that are can be replaced using the hex codes found on this page.
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file a bug report?
Authored by: lowbatteries on Dec 04, '08 09:15:52AM

Hope you filed a bug report as well, really Apple! for shame!



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file a bug report?
Authored by: timjpriebe on Dec 04, '08 02:53:56PM

I had not when I submitted that, but I did after reading your comment. Thanks!

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Tim
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file a bug report?
Authored by: cbseven on Dec 05, '08 05:49:04AM

wow - I bet that never occurred to you when naming your company.



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file a bug report?
Authored by: timjpriebe on Dec 05, '08 07:12:32AM

Sure didn't. Turns out there's all sorts of ampersand related issues I should have thought of. Ah, well.

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Tim
http://tandsgo.com



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iCal calendars, the '&' character, and clickable URLs
Authored by: osxpounder on Dec 08, '08 03:27:48PM

I look forward eagerly to the day when our computers don't require us to remember which special characters aren't allowed. Computers are supposed to work for *us*, but when we have to remind ourselves not use ampersands or slashes, we've begun working for *them*.

If it's on the keyboard, we should be able to use it in anything we type, anywhere.

Is that an unreasonable expectation? Maybe. I could accept one or two "disallowed characters" if they were consistently disallowed on nearly all operating systems, but, really, why must we continue to do that?



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