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XML Problem with em dash (—) when given in CDATA

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Hi Friends,

Am having the below issue when giving — in CDATA.
I mean when I give the above char set in Normal xml tag say <Subject>Test XML  &#8212;</Subject> the output is displayed correctly

output
Test XML — Email

But when i user inside CDATA am getting the same character
<SubjectBody><![CDATA[&#8212;]]></SubjectBody>

output
&#8212;

I require the same output as the first output. Please help. Thanks.
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Question by:Suresh Sabesan
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CDATA is meant to allow special XML characters to be shown without escaping them

the "&" inside a CDATA section is equivalent to "&amp;" outside the CDATA section

So in XML terms your subject body inside the CDATA is exactly what it says, a "&" character, then a "#" character, then the character "8" etc...

Outside CDATA that "&#8212;" is an escaped unicode character 8212

Putting that escaped unicode character inside a CDATA section is plain wrong,
especting it to come out as an em-dash is against XML expectations

So if you have the power to not put the character in a CDATA section, you should

If this is how you get the data, you need to parse the text-node (because that si what the CDATA section is) using text processing tools

Saxon9PE XSLT has an extension function to parse that string, javascript has decode-html or something.
So, I need to know 2 things from you
- can you avoid the CDATA section, if so, please do
- what technology do you want to use to parse the html phrase
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Allthough the OP abandonned the question, there is valuable information about escaping characters and CDATA sections in the reply. And other than lacking OP response, the question has been completely answered
Please accept https://#a39621393
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