An error occurred while retrieving the RSS feed.

Posted on 2012-04-13
Last Modified: 2013-11-18
Hi All,
I get this as first line in RSS feed and it gives error

¿<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

Do I need to replace ¿ with empty string before reading?

An error occurred while retrieving the RSS feed.
Complete database error message:
ORA-31011: XML parsing failed
ORA-19202: Error occurred in XML processing
LPX-00210: expected '<' instead of '¿'
Error at line 1

Feed content:
¿<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<rss xmlns:xsd="" xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:x-microsoft="" xmlns:x-trumba="" version="2.0">
            <title>Arrow ECS Education Calendar</title>
            <description />
            <lastBuildDate>02 Apr 2012 19:27:34 GMT</l
Question by:bcarlis
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Expert Comment

ID: 37843517
Looks like the Byte Order Mark ( is not recognized by your parser.

Author Comment

ID: 37843778
Found it gives error at this point:

  l_rss_xml := sys.httpuritype(l_rss_url).getxml();
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zc2 earned 140 total points
ID: 37843835
What's the development environment are you using... What is it, Pascal, Delphi?..
You should ask a question in the related zone or study its documentation about how does it tolerate the UNICODE text format. If you find out it does not support UNICODE, then, you can try to find an utility which converts UTF-8 to ASCII and use it before feeding the text to the XML parser. As an another approach,  just remove the leading BOM bytes by yourself.
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Author Comment

ID: 37843905
I'm in PL/SQL... good idea... but I got it!
I changed the "Override Feed Encoding" from "Auto Detect" to "UTF-8" and that did it!
Thank you for your help

Author Comment

ID: 37843912
Actually it was more the "Byte Order Mark" comment that lead me to try the different setting... I clicked to fast...
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ID: 37843915
You're welcome

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