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Special Characters in XML to avoid?

Posted on 2008-06-16
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Are there any characters that should be avoided (besides the  < > & " '). I am trying to process data that has sections that start with a backslash "\" and contain multiple dollar signs "$". This data is failing the import. $MM56A:$F603 is some of the data.

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by:Geert Bormans
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in PCDATA only <> and & should be escaped.
All the other data needs to be conforming the encoding
so having a single byte encode 'é' in a UTF-8 is not allowed

some binary characters are not allowed as welll: NUL, BELL, ....
if you are pushing binary data in your XML, you would better check the XML specification
http://www.xml.com/axml/testaxml.htm
for allowed characters
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The data is wrapped in CDATA. The $MM56A:$F603 section is actual text, not binary. Just need to ensure that it is not being misinterprited as another character set. We are importing under XML 1.0 but the database is not UNICODE, single byte characters only.

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Geert Bormans earned 200 total points
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well, then there should not be a problem.
Make sure that you make the XML encoding equal to the database encoding

cheers

Geert
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