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I'm having some troubles while trying to open a local file in google-chrome as it gives me a weird URL in google chrome but prints just fine in the console.

Here is the output I get in the console:

file:///home/user/Questionnaire/initialFr.html?id=902

Here is the address I get in chrome:

file:///home/user/Questionnaire/initialFr.html%3Fid=902

From what I've gathered so far it has to do with chrome escaping the "?" since they have to be interpreted server-side. Is there a way around it?

Thanks in advance

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    what are you trying to achieve? – Jakuje Sep 4 '15 at 18:35
  • Basically running an experiment. I need to open a local file in the browser with some parameters that are computed in a c++ program from which I'm calling the the system call to google chrome. – LBes Sep 4 '15 at 18:37
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    If you are calling local file, there is no "server-side" and everything is evaluated in browser. This is probably some chrome-feature showing potentially "dangerous" characters safely encoded, since I don't see this happening in Firefox. If the only problem is the way how it is visible in the url bar, I believe there is no problem ;) – Jakuje Sep 4 '15 at 18:41
  • There is actually a problem as I need to parse this URL in my local file which contains JavaScript and html. Unfortunately I have to use chrome because some of the JavaScript code that I use doesn't work on other browsers – LBes Sep 4 '15 at 18:44
  • If you get it "correctly" in (javascript) console there is nothing to do. Or it gets "translated" somewhere else on the way from C++ application? Can you be more specific about this? – Jakuje Sep 4 '15 at 18:55
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In order to pass parameters to a client-side HTML page, when using local files, the hash # should be used instead of question marks ?.

So, basically: file:///home/user/Questionnaire/initialFr.html#id=902

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  • Interesting. Do you know how to link to a particular anchor in a page if the page is hosted locally, seeing as the # symbol is being used to replace the question mark? – ultrafez Sep 27 '15 at 12:16
  • @ultrafez I'm not quite sure (can't test it now), but I think using the # twice could work. I mean, for example, initialFr.html#id=902#anchor – nKn Sep 27 '15 at 15:18

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