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URL text is not correct in message from chat agent
Answer ID 8485   |   Last Review Date 12/23/2018

Why does "amp;" get added to my chat text, when I send a URL which includes "&" in my chat message?

Environment:

Chat Agent Workspace, Chat Transcript
Oracle Service Chat, All versions

Resolution:

When acting as a chat agent, you may send a URL to a chat end-user.

The agent console has a button on it "Render as HTML" or possibly "Render as link"  (in English).  When this button is checked and the chat agent sends a URL, the text will be interpreted as HTML where possible, and it will formatted correctly as a hyperlink.  This screenshot, below, shows the "Render as HTML" check box in the chat agent console, in an English interface:

Agent chat workspace, during a chat session, the Render as HTML option is available.


When this "Render as HTML" box is left unchecked and the agent then sends a URL, it will be sent as "text." That means, there is (1) no URL formatting, plus, (2) if characters are recognized as HTML, then those characters will be converted to their HTML special-character equivalents. Some HTML special-characters and their equivalents are:
'>'   -->   >
'<'   -->   &lt;
'&'   -->   &amp;

This shows how "amp" may be added to text when including the "&" character in chat text.

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