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I'm using XMLTextReader to parse the contents of XML. I have issues when
the xml content itself has some special characters like & ,> etc.

<CompanyName>Jo hnson & Jhonson</CompanyName>
<EmployeeStreng th>> 1000</EmployeeStrengt h>

When I do a Xmltextreader.r ead() and then check the contents of the xml
node by XmltextReader.R eadString(), I get an exception when I have
special characters. How do I handle this?



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Nov 12 '05 #1
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RJN wrote:

I'm using XMLTextReader to parse the contents of XML. I have issues when
the xml content itself has some special characters like & ,> etc.

<CompanyName>Jo hnson & Jhonson</CompanyName>
That is not XML then, in XML you need to escape the ampersand as &amp;
(& a m p ;) if it is not the start of a character or entity reference.
<EmployeeStreng th>> 1000</EmployeeStrengt h>

That should not be a problem, a less than '<' has to be escaped as &lt;
but '<' should work and works for me:

const string exampleXML =
"<EmployeeStren gth>> 1000</EmployeeStrengt h>";
XmlTextReader xmlTextReader = new XmlTextReader(n ew
StringReader(ex ampleXML));
while (xmlTextReader. Read()) {
if (xmlTextReader. NodeType == XmlNodeType.Ele ment &&
xmlTextReader.N ame == "EmployeeStreng th")
Console.WriteLi ne("EmployeeStr ength content: {0}.",
xmlTextReader.R eadElementStrin g());
xmlTextReader.C lose();


Martin Honnen --- MVP XML
Nov 12 '05 #2

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