I apologize in advance because this is going to be a bit vague at first.
My problem is with validating a page - the trip up is the "unencoded ampersand" - I know how to encode it & amp ; (no spaces) but something odd is happening that is stripping that back to the basic &.
I am using a php news updater (now defunct PHPNews) to insert the code for a php poll script. I think that this updater is the culprit here...I use other updater/blog types of content management and this does not occur.
I go into the admin of the updater and change all instances of & to & amp ; (no spaces) - when I post it the encoding gets stripped and only the & is left. When I return to the edit screen of the updater I see that that is indeed the case - & amp ; (no spaces) has become & again.
What could be going on with the updater script - and could this be modified to leave the text as is? I'm sorry I don't know what kind of file or code bit you would need but will be happy to include it here for reference.
Thank you so much for any advice on this.