I’m quite fond of using the pipe (|) character in tag, id and name properties because it just seems visually such a great delimiter to use when stuffing a string full of useful information to be extracted via splitting or exploding at a later stage.
However, here’s a nasty one which you might not be aware of – jQuery selectors do in fact no enjoy special characters like the pipe ‘|’ – for the very reason that it’s a special character!
So running a selector on an ID which contains a | in the normal fashion will fail (i.e. not find anything):
To get around identifiers that use special characters like our friend the |, you need to delimit it so:
And now you know! :)