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Escaping double quotes in JavaScript onClick event handler

The simple code block below can be served up in a static HTML page but results in a JavaScript error. How should you escape the embedded double quote in the onClick handler (i.e. “xyz)? Note that the HTML is generated dynamically by pulling data from a database, the data of which is snippets of other HTML code that could have either single or double quotes. It seems that adding a single backslash ahead of the double quote character doesn’t do the trick.

<script type="text/javascript">
    function parse(a, b, c) {

<a href="#x" onclick="parse('#', false, '<a href="xyz'); return false">Test</a>


Did you try

&quot; or x22

instead of