Scaping quotes and backslashes (I hope you understand my pro

Can you maybe boil it down to a smaller example? The only thing I can
think of is maybe it's un-escaping the characters too many times, or
not enough times.

If I hardcode the anchor tag in my rhtml file as follows it works fine
for me. I did have to dispense with the \\ though. However, I get the
impression you were not hardcoding this in your view. If your still
having trouble with it, post your controller and view code.

<a href="javascript: void(0);" class="defns"
onmouseover="coolTip('&lt;a
href=\'/wiki/show_appears?value=Fidel+Castro&amp;name=primaryCharacter\'
&gt;Appears...&lt;/a&gt;',STICKY, MOUSEOFF);"
onmouseout="nd();">Hello</a>

-Paul

Ok, I understand you need to change it programmatically. I added the \\
back in, put it in a string assigned to an instance variable and did a
simple render in the view. It seems to work just fine for me. Here is
the string in my controller:

@testvar = '<a href="javascript: void(0);" class="defns"
onmouseover="coolTip(\'&lt;a
href=\\\'/wiki/show_appears?value=Fidel+Castro&amp;name=primaryCharacter\\\'
&gt;Appears...&lt;/a&gt;\',STICKY, MOUSEOFF);"
onmouseout="nd();">Hello</a>'

Here is the rhtml code:

<%= @testvar %>

And here is the html as it appears in the browser when I do view
source:

<a href="javascript: void(0);" class="defns"
onmouseover="coolTip('&lt;a
href=\'/wiki/show_appears?value=Fidel+Castro&amp;name=primaryCharacter\'
&gt;Appears...&lt;/a&gt;',STICKY, MOUSEOFF);"
onmouseout="nd();">Hello</a>

By the way I am using Firefox 1.0.5.9 and IE 6.

-Paul

I was using rails v1.1.2 but I just upgraded to v1.1.6 and it still
works fine for me. I am using Ruby v1.8.4 on a Windows XP box. I guess
at this point I would check the development.log to see if there is
something in there that might give you a clue. I suppose it's also
possible a plug-in might be causing the problem Otherwise, I think your
only recourse is to rebuild the environment by installing a clean
version of ruby on rails. Don't install any plug-ins and give it
another shot.

-Paul

PS:<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;
charset=ISO-8859-1" />

Damaris - if you can post an example of working code that fails I think
we can figure this out. Show me a real code fragment, something I can
recreate on my end.

Thanks,
Paul

It seems we need to add another set of double backslashes to get the
desired results. I don't understand this as the documentation says that
on a single quoted string that a double backslash converts to a single
backslash.

puts "ERG" + varTest1.gsub!('hola', '\\\\\'') --> ERG\'

-Paul

Glad to see it fixed the problem. I've added this to my growing list of
gotcha's. :slight_smile: