[xsl] Escaping/converting special characters

Subject: [xsl] Escaping/converting special characters
From: "Ross Kendall" <rkendall@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 10:45:56 -0000
This is not really an XSL question but is closely related, so I hope someone
is kind enough to answer.

I have some news feeds that I am transforming to WML.  The feeds come in in
a flat text file, I wrote a quick and dirty Perl script to parse these text
files and convert them to XML (using XML::Simple), this then allows me to
easily transform them to WML using XSLT.

On some files I get special characters (eg '£') which cause parse errors
when trying to transform my (not quite valid) XML.  What I need to know is
how can easily convert these special characters to entities or escape them
with CDATA tags in such a manner that I can transform them to valid WML.  Is
it a stupid idea to put all the data in CDATA tags?  Otherwise, how will I
know which characters are going to need escaping.

Any help appreciated.

Ross Kendall
Technical Developer
Affinity Internet Holdings
e: rkendall@xxxxxxxxx
p: +44 (0)20 7670 1155
w: http://www.aih.co.uk/

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