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Re: How to avoid the error XML_E_BADSTARTNAMECHAR

From: Peter Flynn <peter.nosp@-.--------.-->
To: NULL
Date: 8/3/2007 8:44:00 PM

Kevin LZJ wrote:
> Hi, all, 
> 
>     We have such a problem that MSXML reports XML_E_BADSTARTNAMECHAR error. 
>     We have a fault-reporting system in which users can input remark 
> information freely. And the information is transferred to another system via 
> an interface program. In this interface program we use XML to enclose 
> fault-report information. We use MSXML to parse information from XML-format 
> data. However, because we permit users input information freely in some data 
> fields, we found that if users input '&' or some other special characters, 
> MSXML will report XML_E_BADSTARTNAMECHAR error, implying '&' character (and 
> some others) is not permitted in an XML field. 
>     So, is there any simple solution existing to avoid this situation, 
> besides we force users not input '&' character ? 

Pass the file or stream through a filter which replaces isolated & signs
with the XML equivalent, which is &amp;

///Peter
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