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Archive for July 26th, 2012

Current status on the “Android help needed: App that cleans up the Contacts mess that the LinkedIn app left behind” « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of Wiert stuff

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/07/26

Again a status update (:

Basically the phone is now in an unusable state, as there is no memory left since the Contacts DB is growing itself (it is now close to 600 megabyte), see this quote on my StackExchange question:

Trying to solve Problem: Huge Contacts Database Read the rest of this entry »

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XML and HTML escapes

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/07/26

While reviewing some client’s code, I noticed they were generating and parsing XML and HTML by hand (do not ever do that yourself!).

Before refactoring this into something that uses libraries that properly understand XML and HTML, I needed to assess some of the risks.

A major risk is to get the escaping (and unescaping) of XML and HTML right.

Time to finally organize some of my links on escaping HTML and XML that I had in my favourites list.

The starting point is the List of XML and HTML character entity references on Wikipedia. It is readable, complete and lists both kinds of escapes.

XML escapes

The official W3C text that describes XML escaping is hard to read.

There are only 5 predefined XML entities for characters that can (some must) be escaped. This table is derived from the Wikipedia article.

Name Character Unicode code point
(decimal)
Standard When to escape (from the XML 1.0 standard) Description
quot U+0022 (34) XML 1.0 To allow attribute values to contain both single and double quotes double quotation mark
amp & U+0026 (38) XML 1.0 Outside  comment, a processing instruction, or a CDATA section ampersand
apos U+0027 (39) XML 1.0 To allow attribute values to contain both single and double quotes apostrophe (= apostrophe-quote)
lt < U+003C (60) XML 1.0 Outside  comment, a processing instruction, or a CDATA section less-than sign
gt > U+003E (62) XML 1.0 in content, when that string is not marking the end of a CDATA section greater-than sign

HTML escapes

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Posted in " quot, & amp, > gt, < lt, ' apos, ASCII, Development, Encoding, HTML, Power User, SocialMedia, Software Development, Unicode, Web Development, WordPress, XML, XML escapes, XML/XSD | 1 Comment »

 
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