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Write "&" not "&" to XML file with Linq

Posted on 2013-12-04
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I am stuck.  I have an XML file that I am using Linq to edit.  This particular XML file has an ampersand (&) in the text of a Tag.  I am editing other parts of this string, but the '&' should not be touched.  However, when I go to write my XML to disk, the '&' is replaced with '&'  I understand that ampersands are illegal characters in XML and that is why this happens, but this particular file has to have it.  It is not my file, so I can't help that fact.

Rough example:
XElement root = XElement.Load(localXMLPath);
var myElement= root.Element("System").Element("Math");
myElement.Value =  = "Object1&Object2";
root.Save(localXMLPath);

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Output of myElement tag is always "Object1&Object2"

Hope that explains the issue and I hope there is a workaround other than writing it to disk and then using a text editor to remove the "amp;".  Thanks.
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To elaborate for anyone that comes across this questions.  I think what paulfarmer was pointing out was all XML parsers should inherently handle the "&" entity.  If not I guess declaring it will fix it.  I think this link has a better explanation. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/x-entities/

Thanks, paulfarmer.
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That is what I was pointing out. And, I agree, I should have explained that.
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Single link, no explanation.  Was pretty obscure to the actual solution.
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