Escape quotes in JavaScript

Escape quotes in JavaScript

I’m outputting values from a database (it isn’t really open to public entry, but it is open to entry by a user at the company — meaning, I’m not worried about XSS.)
I’m trying to output a tag like this:
Click Me

DESCRIPTION is actually a value from the database that is something like this:
Prelim Assess “Mini” Report

I’ve tried replacing ” with \”, but no matter what I try, Firefox keeps chopping off my JavaScript call after the space after the word Assess, and it is causing all sorts of issues.
I must bemissing the obvious answer, but for the life of me I can’t figure it out.
Anyone care to point out my idiocy?
Here is the entire HTML page (it will be an ASP.NET page eventually, but in order to solve this I took out everything else but the problem code)


edit

Solutions/Answers:

Solution 1:

You need to escape the string you are writing out into DoEdit to scrub out the double-quote characters. They are causing the onclick HTML attribute to close prematurely.

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Using the JavaScript escape character, \, isn’t sufficient in the HTML context. You need to replace the double-quote with the proper XML entity representation, ".

Solution 2:

" would work in this particular case, as suggested before me, because of the HTML context.

However, if you want your JavaScript code to be independently escaped for any context, you could opt for the native JavaScript encoding:
' becomes \x27
" becomes \x22

So your onclick would become:
DoEdit('Preliminary Assessment \x22Mini\x22');

This would work for example also when passing a JavaScript string as a parameter to another JavaScript method (alert() is an easy test method for this).

I am referring you to the duplicate Stack Overflow question, How do I escape a string inside JavaScript code inside an onClick handler?.

Solution 3:

<html>
    <body>
        <a href="#" onclick="DoEdit('Preliminary Assessment &quot;Mini&quot;'); return false;">edit</a>
    </body>
</html>

Should do the trick.

Solution 4:

Folks, there is already the unescape function in JavaScript which does the unescaping for \":

<script type="text/javascript">
    var str="this is \"good\"";
    document.write(unescape(str))
</script>

Solution 5:

The problem is that HTML doesn’t recognize the escape character. You could work around that by using the single quotes for the HTML attribute and the double quotes for the onclick.

<a href="#" onclick='DoEdit("Preliminary Assessment \"Mini\""); return false;'>edit</a>

Solution 6:

This is how I do it, basically str.replace(/[\""]/g, '\\"').

var display = document.getElementById('output');
var str = 'class="whatever-foo__input" id="node-key"';
display.innerHTML = str.replace(/[\""]/g, '\\"');

//will return class=\"whatever-foo__input\" id=\"node-key\"
<span id="output"></span>