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Re: [xml-dev] Valid element name
To: "Fraser Goffin" <goffinf@----------.--->, "XML Developers List" <xml-dev@-----.---.--->
Date: 11/15/2006 5:42:00 PM
At 02:52 PM 2006-11-15 +0000, Fraser Goffin wrote: ><PremisesRatingData(NU)_FloodRate> > >Are there any reasonable approaches to encode invalid characters into >something else that would be legal within an element name ?? A couple of ways actually. A quick and simple way to manage small scale "invalid" names is to do you own table-mapping of invalid characters to valid ones, escaped by a reserved string. Eg. Reserve String = "___" (3 underscore characters) Table Map: '(' --> A, ')' --> B Then: <PremisesRatingData(NU)_FloodRate> Becomes: <PremisesRatingData___ANU___B_FloodRate> Another way to handle situation if you have majority "invalid" name most of the time, just perform MD5(invalid_name) and use that as your name in the XML instance and keeping a table of "MD5(invalid_name) --> invalid_name" to reverse-map back to original name. cheers.