RE: [xml] converting & to &

The XML spec (which is highly recommended reading if you're going to use
XML; see specifies what
characters must be escaped and when in section 2.4.  Ampersand is not
the only such character.  Rather than tell you what else needs escaping,
I refer you to the spec.

-----Original Message-----
From: xml-admin gnome org [mailto:xml-admin gnome org] On 
Behalf Of Peter Jacobi
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2004 7:33 AM
To: michel erard besonet ch
Cc: xml gnome org
Subject: Re: [xml] converting & to &

Hi Mike,

I'm not that clear, whether you are referring to generating 
or reading XML
files with libxml. Perhaps you should attach small samples.

I don't know SAX very well (you'll see ;-)) and have now a 
problem with the
character "&". This getting parsed to "&" in my XML 
file. Is there a
possibility to disable this funcionality? In my application 
it is important
that the parser writes the original sign, because the file 
is readed by a
Cobol-Program which I cannot modify.

If your data contains "&" and the resulting XML file contains
"&" you do have a problem. It is supposed to be handled in
this way and you cannot change it without violating the XML REC.

If for heaven's sake you need a file which looks somewhat like
an XML file but contains naked "&" characters to please the
COBOL app, you can perform a global search and replace

Peter Jacobi

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