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I'm trying to send an HTML string through XML and I get this error:

msxml4.dll error 'c00ce502'

A string literal was expected, but no opening quote character was found.

If I take the node out that has that string, then the XML passes just fine.

Is it trying to interpret the string as HTML?
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by:farzinm
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Can we see the node that has that string?
Maybe you are missing a quote in your HTML I am not sure though
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by:geoffsweb
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if I do a direct response.write and the string, the HTML displays just fine on the screen... it just errors out if I try and send back an xml payload

so you think it might be just missing a quote? the string is very long.
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by:spike7397
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Apostrophes will get re-coded in xml format the minute you pass the string through xml.  The xml code for it is '.  If you want to decode it, on the other end, a simple way might be to create a xml document in some code behind, pass the encoded string into it, and retrieve it by the get inner text function.  In short, Xml has a slightly different decoding method than HTML.
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by:Anthony Perkins
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First of all apostrophes are fine in XML; there is no need to encode them. (Tags are another matter). I suspect that your XML is not well formed.  But without seeing it, it is impossible to say.

Anthony
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by:Brad Dobyns, CSM
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Well, there is another possibility...it could be an error from IE. If the contenttype is xml it will pass this error because the standard IE error page has some HTML which looks like this:

<font face="Arial" size=2>

which is bad XML...

Just a thought.
Brad
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by:geoffsweb
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I do get this error: <font face="Arial" size=2>

what does that mean?
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by:Brad Dobyns, CSM
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Also, as an addition to what I just said: You may have an attribute value which doesn't start with a " or ', or in other words, there is an unquoted attribute. Now, this is valid HTML...but not valid in XML. Once you have discovered what the error message actually says, do a search for these characters: /=[ ]*[^"']/ and you should get the culprit.

Hope that helps.
Brad
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by:Brad Dobyns, CSM
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It means there could be an IE error. Check to make sure that ALL of your attributes have double quotes. The error you got is NOT valid XML becasue the 'size' attribute is not double quoted.

Brad
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by:Anthony Perkins
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bdobyns,

>>Now, this is valid HTML...but not valid in XML<<
I know exactly what you are saying, but strictlty speaking you mean "but not well formed XML". (I mentioned this previously)  "Valid" implies there is a DTD or Schema involved, which is a different story.

Anthony
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by:Brad Dobyns, CSM
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Yes, well, I guess there are different ways to say the same thing. :o)

Brad
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by:geoffsweb
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OK, I corrected the syntax and I got the XML to save back to the original page.  But now the XML is interpretting the HTML string I'm trying to pass as XML.  Here's the output:
(where vHTML should just be a string that contains HTML, but it seems to be interpretted as XML? the string should be this:
vHTML = "<tr><td>test</td></tr>"

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
- <SOAP:Envelope xmlns:SOAP="urn:schemas-xmlsoap-org:soap:vl" xmlns:m="my-name-space">
- <SOAP:Body>
- <user>
  <StateID>OH</StateID>
  <StateName>Ohio</StateName>
  <Name>CCH User 1</Name>
  <AdminRights>10</AdminRights>
  <Load>T</Load>
  <MSG />
- <vHTML>
- <tr>
  <td>test</td>
  </tr>
  </vHTML>
  </user>
  </SOAP:Body>
  </SOAP:Envelope>

make sense??
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by:Anthony Perkins
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>>Yes, well, I guess there are different ways to say the same thing. <<
Actually, that was my point they are not the same.  "Well-formed" is one thing "Valid" is something totally different.  In the context of the question I believe we are talking about well-formed not valid.

Anthony
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Anthony Perkins earned 125 total points
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>>make sense?? <<
I think so.  You will have to wrap the HTML in a CDATA segment as follows:
<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<SOAP:Envelope xmlns:SOAP="urn:schemas-xmlsoap-org:soap:vl" xmlns:m="my-name-space">
      <SOAP:Body>
            <user>
                  <StateID>OH</StateID>
                  <StateName>Ohio</StateName>
                  <Name>CCH User 1</Name>
                  <AdminRights>10</AdminRights>
                  <Load>T</Load>
                  <MSG />
                  <vHTML><![CDATA[<tr><td>test</td></tr>]]></vHTML>
            </user>
      </SOAP:Body>
</SOAP:Envelope>

Anthony
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by:geoffsweb
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Thanks to everybody for all the help !!
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