Invalid characters in XML writeln statements
Hint Ref: 020911170013
Hint Date: 17/11/2009
When using '<Writeln>' within an XML script, if you have characters such as '&' and '<' within it, the job will show a load error when trying to run.
Here is a list of replacements to use instead of the characters (there should be no space following the '&' as there is here - this is just to ensure they display rather than are interpreted).
& amp; refers to an ampersand (&)
& lt; refers to a less-than symbol (<)
& gt; refers to a greater-than symbol (>)
& quot; refers to a double-quote mark (")
& apos; refers to an apostrophe (')
The code of:
<Writeln>We& apos;d like to inform you...</Writeln>
We'd like to inform you...
In some cases it is easier to treat the text as a block, particularly where there are a large number of problem characters. In this case, surround the text with the following codes: '<![CDATA[' and ']]>'
<Writeln><![CDATA[We'd like to inform you of a special option which entitles you to a free M&S voucher worth £5 ...]]></Writeln>
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