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Invalid Google Font Code?! WAT?!

I go to the W3C website and place my code onto the direct input. But when I hit check, it was invalid and I had an error. What aggravated and confounded me was when I was try to fix it when THIS appeared:

Bad value http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Righteous|Montserrat:700 for attribute href on element link: Illegal character in query: not a URL code point.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN and how do I fix it?!!

1 Answer

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Google doesn't encode the pipe | character in their urls, which is why the validation is throwing an error. Try encoding it with %7C like this...

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Righteous%7CMontserrat:700">

Edit - To clarify, W3C is flagging the | in your url as being a bad character because it is not encoded. %7C is the encoding for the | character. So whenever you're using google fonts, you'll need to replace each of those pipes with %7C if you want it to validate. The code will work either way, probably.

Okay, thanks. <:)