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How Do I Escape an Apostrophe in a REST API Query?


Nate Decker (37812857) | asked Sep 04 '14, 10:46 a.m.

I am trying to write a REST API query that looks like this:

https://<server>:<port>/ccm/rpt/workitem?fields=workitem[projectArea/name="Nate's Sandbox Area"]/*

If the project area name does not have an apostrophe in it, this works fine. As soon as I put the apostrophe in there, I get zero results. The page doesn't display an error or complain about a badly formatted request, I just get a page with zero results.

How do I correctly escape an apostrophe in this scenario?


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Donald Nong commented Sep 04 '14, 9:48 p.m.

I have done some debugging and it appears that the application cannot handle the apostrophe sign in a query correctly - the term becomes an empty string when it is passed to the server. I suggest you open a support ticket to get it investigated further.

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Kevin Ramer (4.4k6165186) | answered Sep 04 '14, 11:51 a.m.
Well, as you don't mention what you have tried, I don't think encoding will help.   You might try doubling the single quote:

[projectArea/name="Nate''s Sandbox Area"]



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Nate Decker commented Sep 04 '14, 12:31 p.m.

Unfortunately I tried that as well. I could list all the things that I tried for what it's worth:

"Nate's Sandbox Area"
(Nate's Sandbox Area)
<Nate's Sandbox Area>
<"Nate's Sandbox Area">
"Nate''s Sandbox Area"
"Nate\'s Sandbox Area"
"Nate%'%s Sandbox Area"
"Nate%27s Sandbox Area"

A few other permutations as well... I've decided the guess-and-check approach will be fruitless here.

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