N/APosted on - 01/20/2012
As I was using Wiki Markup to add a link to a Lotus Notes document, it happened that the following error message showed up:
The URL page finished this way: FORMATTER ERROR (":" and "&" not supported in Page Names)
Please advise me on what the problem was.
Error when adding link to Lotus Notes document with Wiki Markup
If you included the actual : and & symbols on the link you used in a Lotus Notes document, the link could never really work. These symbols are only allowed to be used without being converted to its entity name or hexadecimal value in HTML. In an HTML document, it allows the entire ISO-8859-1 (ISO-Latin) character set to be used in a URL without the need of encoding it or converting it to its equivalent SGML entity name or hexadecimal value.
But, since you are using Lotus Notes, it is possible that it doesn’t support the encoding of these characters without converting them first. The : and & characters are included on the reserved characters and they have special use in defining syntax that’s why you cannot just use them.
Below is the list of the reserved characters, listed in sequence as character – entity name – hexadecimal value:
Dollar $ – $ – $
Ampersand & – & – &
Plus + – + – +
Comma , – , – ,
Forward slash / – / – /
Colon : – : – :
Semi-colon ; – ; – ;
Equals = – = – =
Question mark ? – ? – ?
‘At’ symbol @ – @ – @
If you need to use any of these characters inside a URL, you need to encode them first just like in the example below:
The actual URL that appears in the address bar Click here