Linking to a patent document

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jaap
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Linking to a patent document

Post by jaap » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:37 am

The following simple way to link to a particular patent document works:
http://worldwide.espacenet.com/textdoc? ... X=GB543210
This automatically redirects you to the page for that document.

The following url, which should be equivalent, does not work:
http://worldwide.espacenet.com/textdoc? ... X=GB543210
This produces a 404 error.

This is a pity, as the first url is not valid as an html link due to the & token.


jaap
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Re: Linking to a patent document

Post by jaap » Mon May 02, 2016 6:39 am

Never mind.
It turns out this is the correct behaviour. The way to escape the & character in a url inside an html web page is with the html escaping, i.e. as &. The percent escaping method is used only when the & is to be treated as a normal character within the url itself (which in this case meant it became part of the DB name).

So the correct html link becomes:

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<a href="http://worldwide.espacenet.com/textdoc?DB=EPODOC&IDX=GB543210">text</a>
Last edited by jaap on Mon May 02, 2016 7:20 am, edited 1 time in total.


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Re: Linking to a patent document

Post by EPO / Espacenet helpdesk » Mon May 02, 2016 6:51 am

Dear Espacenet User,

Please visit the Espacenet help files where you find useful information about :

- truncation : http://worldwide.espacenet.com/help?loc ... truncation

- Boolean operators : http://worldwide.espacenet.com/help?loc ... c=booleans

Kind regards,
Espacenet User Support Team
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