I would like to do this, have escape false...

<apex:outputText value="{!myUrlField}" escape="false"/>

...when I am using a bracketed call:


Specifically, this is for writing META tags, for having sharing URLs that may contain ampersands.

When I do this:

<meta property="og:image" content="{!sharingImage}" />

An image URL with ampersands is HTMLEntity encoded, and the resulting salesforce image URL does not work. http://sierra.force.com/actions/servlet/rtaImage?eid=701i0000001Kz4q&feoid=00Ni000000FxwVD&refid=0EMi0000000Dh8N becomes http://sierra.force.com/actions/servlet/rtaImage?eid=701i0000001Kz4q&feoid=00Ni000000FxwVD&refid=0EMi0000000Dh8N Which does not work.

Open to having a better way to do this, I've tried replacing, but the encoding happens when it is written to the page.

Thanks for any ideas or info.

  • You'll need to encode the value using Apex (I'm not sure if you can use urlencode or if you'll need to do a custom replace). Then on the HTML page, do a decode using Javascript. – Caspar Harmer May 13 '15 at 1:15
  • Here's some more useful info about atob and btoa developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/WindowBase64/… – Caspar Harmer May 13 '15 at 1:23
  • Javascript can use atob and btoa to encode and decode base64 strings. – Caspar Harmer May 13 '15 at 1:24
  • Actually for your issue, can't you just use EncodingUtils.urlencode(value)? – Caspar Harmer May 13 '15 at 1:27
  • hah, more questions - I don't get this problem - no url encoding happens for me. What does your <apex:page definition look like? – Caspar Harmer May 13 '15 at 1:45

You can set the value to a property in your controller. In your case "myTextField". Then set it as innerHTML from javascript/jQuery on page load. For example if in controller if you have set myTextField as below,

myTextField = '<h1>testing HTML content</h1>';

In the page you can use it like,

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  • So {!myTextField} is a field in a campaign, I don't need to set the value. The problem is that the value being set is transformed in a way that does not work for its application. – Adrian Cotter May 13 '15 at 17:16

The Answer is not to use the Value but to do it like this:

<apex:outputText escape="false">{!myUrlField}</apex:outputText>

When you write it as the value weird things happen for seemingly no reason.

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  • Thanks Cody Beaner, it still seems to write it out escape sadly. This: <apex:outputText escape="false"> <meta property="og:image" content="{!kw_SharingImage}" /> </apex:outputText> <apex:outputText escape="false" value="{!kw_SharingImage}"> </apex:outputText> Gives me: <meta content="http://knowwho-scaction.cs16.force.com/action/servlet/rtaImage?eid=701f000000045eL&amp;feoid=00Nf00000013HM5&amp;refid=0EMf0000000ChW4" property="og:image" /> http://knowwho-scaction.cs16.force.com/action/servlet/rtaImage?eid=701f000000045eL&feoid=00Nf00000013HM5&refid=0EMf0000000ChW4 – Adrian Cotter May 13 '15 at 22:16

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