HTML tags in XML

Trevor DeVore lists at
Tue Mar 21 11:12:11 EST 2006

On Mar 21, 2006, at 7:43 AM, Devin Asay wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> Is it possible to store html styled text in an xml document and  
> then successfully retrieve the text with html markup intact?
> ...
> <comments>
> Here are my comments.
> Some of the text is colored <font color="#FF0000">red</font> &  
> <font color="#0000FF">blue</font>
> </comments>
> ...
> Is there a way to do this? Will I have to resort to saving the  
> RTFtext in the xml node or something like that?

Hi Devin,

You need to escape ", ', <, and < when entering data into an XML  
node.  I can't remember if RevXML has any handlers for this or if you  
just have to do it by hand.  For an example of the escape characters  
just do a Google search for "xml escape characters".

You may want to check out Ken Ray's XML library.  I haven't used it  
but browsing through the API, there is a stsXML_replaceEntities that  
looks like it would do what you want.

Trevor DeVore
Blue Mango Learning Systems -
trevor at

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