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Problems when Content has an ampersand (&)


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4 December 2009 at 12:10pm Community Member, 17 Posts

Hi all,

I'm having a problem whenever my client uses an & in the content of a post I get a Parsing error like to one below.

XML Parsing Error: not well-formed
Line Number 217, Column 48:Text containing an & some where

Does anyone have any ideas of how I can fix this?
Any help greatly appreciated.



4 December 2009 at 12:32pm Community Member, 67 Posts

I think you have to be a little more specific about the nature of the page in question. Is it a form? The broswer would normally escape any ampersands in the form data, so this is a little puzzling.


4 December 2009 at 12:57pm Community Member, 17 Posts

No, it's not a form, it's just in an ArticlePage.


4 December 2009 at 4:33pm (Last edited: 4 December 2009 4:35pm), Community Member, 283 Posts

This is a content issue being thrown by your browser (not SilverStripe), your page is being generated with an XHTML doctype but the content being generated isn't fully compliant. It should be outputting the html entity instead of a raw ampersand




Firefox 3.5 and IE 8 will both choke on this. You need to fix the markup or change your doctype to HTML transitional, unless anyone has a better solution?