& in the element

John Cowan cowan at locke.ccil.org
Thu Jun 3 20:31:48 BST 1999

Navreena Gill wrote:

> Is it not possible to have & in the node value of an element like the
> one:
>      <DATA>AT&T<DATA>
> My corresponding dtd has data defined as
>         <!ELEMENT DATA (#PCDATA)>
>  While parsing it using SUN parser gives me error:
>        Illegal character or entity reference syntax.
> I do need to have & in the value for lots of elements. Can any one suggest
> me some alternative. I cannot change the xmls, since these are generated
> by some other application

The other application is in error, and is simply not generating
XML at all.  Complain upstream; no amount of DTD-fiddling will
help you.  It should be generating "AT&amp;T".

Alternatively, insert a filtering process just before your
input that maps every "&" to "&amp;".

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