The Movie Database Support

The overview for If you build it has an "&" character in it. The character is encoded as an HTML entity in the JSON API:

"A year in the life of one of America's most innovative classrooms where students design & build to transform their hometown community. The film follows Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller as they teach the fundamentals of design, architecture and construction to a class of high school juniors in rural North Carolina."

The overview for Shaapit also has an "&" character in it. The character is not encoded as an HTML entity in the JSON API:

"The story of a girl who is trapped in a generational curse, which does not allow her love & marriage and her lover who vows to conquer this curse."

There's no mention of this field containing HTML or XML in the API documentation, and I believe there are no movies with either "<" or "&lt;" in the overview. There are many films with "&amp;" and many more with "&".

Is this intentional, or maybe the result of a change in the data entry interface? Is there a recommendation for how to treat & in the overview field? Is it possible to "clean" this data?

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Hey Matthew,

We already do strip HTML and XML entities from the overview field and it should not contain such entities. It could be related to some changes but I'm not sure to be honest. This is the first I've heard of it. Since we're supposed to be doing this and there are some present obviously everything isn't quite working the way it should.

It should be possible to clean them up but truthfully, we're about to embark on some stuff that I won't have time to take a break from for a few weeks. I've created a new ticket and will look into it when I get a chance.

Cool. I can fix it at our end. Humorously, the forum software you're using is aggressively unescaping entities as well :-) I hope you can tell that I meant &amp; in some of the places where the original post has just &...

Cool, ya. I haven't looked at this code for probably 3 years, you wouldn't believe the crap people paste in!

P.S. Here on the forums, you can use markdown's tilde to escape blocks of text to be literal words, i.e. &nbsp; or &amp;.


Ah. Thanks for that tip! Yes, copy/paste is the source of all evil :-)

Here's another example in case it helps:

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p open profile menu
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On media pages

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On all edit pages

t open translation selector
ctrl+ s submit form

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