|Think about Loose Coupling|
Re^5: Why XML not well formed?by BaldPenguin (Friar)
|on Jul 06, 2005 at 17:32 UTC||Need Help??|
First, the parens in the pattern part of the regex collect the value we find, then the $1 in the replace puts it back in. In that respect the follwing regex would do nothing but spin cycles;
So, in your regex the first set of parens save the & for later use. But you don't use it, instead you find all of the &s and replace them literaly with "(&)" including the parens.
That said, the regex I posted would work only if no other entites existed. Take a look at the other regexs above, they do a better job of 'thinking' ahead, to prevent possible errors in the future.
Somebody could, and I have seen it done, place other entities in the url, such as:
In this case the regex I posted would tranlate to Montréal. Not what you want.
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