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Hyperlink control not working as expected

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Issue

When clicking the hyperlink control at Runtime, the following error appears:
"A potentially dangerous request. Path value was detected from the client(<)."

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Symptoms

The following value is saved in the database:

<a href="&lt;a href=&quot;http://xxxxxxx.html&quot;&gt;Help&lt;/a&gt;">Click Here</a>

The correct value should be as below:

<a href="https://help.k2.com/">Help</a>. 

When checking K2 Designer, we found that the mapping value from this control to the database is not correct:

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Troubleshooting Steps

You can resolve this issue by re-mapping the value to the database with a hyperlink control instead.

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