Double Quotes in XML


#1

I’m trying to do something similar to the following:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> Foo must equal "bar". Foo = "bar"

I’m reading the actual rules and descriptions in from a giant file and
when i spit it back out into an xml file i get errors involving the
quotes around bar. Looking at examples that should be working i notice
there’s a difference between the quotes (if this will show up in groups
it’s: " vs " ). I’m by no means an xml expert (or even novice) so i
may just be missing something here, but it seems like it’s something to
do with the encodings maybe? Anyone have any suggestions?

  • Geoff

#2

On 3/17/06, gparsons removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

I’m reading the actual rules and descriptions in from a giant file and
when i spit it back out into an xml file i get errors involving the
quotes around bar. Looking at examples that should be working i notice
there’s a difference between the quotes (if this will show up in groups
it’s: " vs " ). I’m by no means an xml expert (or even novice) so i
may just be missing something here, but it seems like it’s something to
do with the encodings maybe? Anyone have any suggestions?

You need to do one of the following.

bar
Foo=“bar”

I prefer the first option listed above.

On another note, I don’t think it’s typical to use uppercase the way you
are.
I’d do it like this.


#3

Unfortunately i don’t have much control over the markup (i’m not even
sure the program that is reading this in is expecting valid xml…
sigh). turns out it was a problem with what i was reading in having
some funky stuff going on.


#4

On Mar 17, 2006, at 3:33 PM, gparsons wrote:

I’m trying to do something similar to the following:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> Foo must equal "bar". Foo = "bar"

This is well-formed XML.

(BTW, there is nothing wrong with the use of caps in the element
names, maybe slightly unusual but that’s all – just don’t forget
that XML is case sensitive)

do with the encodings maybe? Anyone have any suggestions?
What is giving you the errors? If I read you correctly, it is when
you are writing the XML, so it isn’t a parser giving you trouble.

Cheers,
Bob

  • Geoff

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#5

On Mar 17, 2006, at 7:22 PM, Mark V. wrote:

<Code>Foo = "bar"</Code>

This is well-formed XML.

I think it’s not well-formed because the Code element contains text
with unescaped double-quotes. If you change them to " then it’s
well-formed.

It isn’t really a matter of opinion, and you are nowhere near lazy
enough :slight_smile: Run it through a validator. Both rxp and xmllint believe
that it is OK. That is not to say that it wouldn’t be better to
escape those three characters ( quot, apos, and gt – you must
escape lt and amp) – there’s a lot of buggy software out there, and
a little prevention can save you lots of trouble.
.

Cheers,
Bob


R. Mark V.
Object Computing, Inc.


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#6

On 3/17/06, Bob H. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

This is well-formed XML.

I think it’s not well-formed because the Code element contains text
with unescaped double-quotes. If you change them to " then it’s
well-formed.