Re: ampersand in data

Subject: Re: ampersand in data
From: Mike Brown <mike@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 14:01:28 -0700 (PDT)
John Gethoefer wrote:
> I am trying to transform XML data such as follows:
> <Name>Jack & Jill</Name>

That's not XML, because it's not well-formed.

Any of these are XML:

<Name>Jack &amp; Jill</Name>
<Name>Jack &#38; Jill</Name>
<Name>Jack &#x22; Jill</Name>
<Name><![CDATA[Jack & Jill]]></Name>

If you don't make your XML well-formed, it will never get past
the parser, which is what tells the XSLT parser what logical
structures (elements, attributes, etc) are in the document.

The parser requires well-formed XML, because otherwise how is
it supposed to know when your markup characters ("&" "<" ">"
and sometimes "'" """) are really just ordinary character data?


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