Re: Problem reading " & apos; " from XML using SAX Parser

Lew <lew@lewscanon.nospam>
Mon, 30 Jul 2007 16:02:26 -0400
Roedy Green wrote:

On Mon, 30 Jul 2007 11:30:47 -0000, madan <>
wrote, quoted or indirectly quoted someone who said :

I have included " & apos ; " in the element called DataText.

Just like HTML, various characters are reserved and have long forms
called entities to use when they occur accidentally in the text as
data: &amp;, &lt;, &gt;, &apos; and &quot; Unlike HTML, XML just has
those five basic entities. Character references take one of two forms:
decimal references, &#8478; and hexadecimal references, &#x211e. Named
character entities such as &eacute; don't work. You can use any
Unicode characters you want that are not part of the XML grammar, and
UTF-8 deals with encoding them.

If you meant the spaces in &_apos_;, it should be encoded &amp;_apos_;

If you did not mean the spaces, then it should be encoded: &amp;apos;

The OP had stated:

Note : while posting this request," & apos; " is being formatted to "
' " . thats the reason included space between them

Which leads me to wonder what they were using to enter their post. It was
plain text so there shouldn't have been an issue on the Usenet side. Anyhow,
it's pretty clear the OP didn't intend for the spaces to be in the final
literal representation, thus they were saying "&apos;".

To make sure I understand Roedy's answer: to encode the element, instead of
saying "&apos;" the OP should say "&amp;apos;", correct?


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