Special XML characters (and how to avoid &)
Some characters cannot directly expressed in XML. They need to be expressed in a special way using XML's escape charter
&. They are:
There are two more characters that may need "escaping". Details can be found on Wikipedia.
One example for is mechanism is the DisplayArtistName for the collaboration George Benson & Al Jarreau. This needs expressing in XML as
Someone receiving such information must "un-escape" the
& to & – otherwise, if he ingests the name as is into his database and if he then creates a new XML message, he may end up sending:
which is then displayed as "George Benson & Al Jarreau"...