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About: RSS 2.0 Best Practice Tip: Entity-encoded HTML in Descriptions | MySmartChannels

Recommendation: Descriptions that contain HTML markup SHOULD NOT contain non-ASCII byte values.  An RSS author (or generator) can always avoid the use of non-ASCII characters by using character entities instead.  For example, in the case of the non-ASCII character 147 decimal mentioned earlier, an RSS descriptions should use the character entity “ instead of the literal byte value.  Character entities are always expressible using ASCII characters, thereby avoiding the encoding issues.

Note for RSS Authors:  Remember that an HTML entity such as “ or — must be properly escaped according to XML syntax when creating the RSS document.  Specifically, the ampersand character in each entity must be escaped:  “ and —, respectively.


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Comments


Seth says
Read Dave Winer's A Busy Developer's Guide to RSS 2.0 ... he should know, he wrote the "spec"

Seth says
Nick Bradbury?s BDG for RSS

Seth says
source: How to write XHTML
  1. Any & and < characters, even in scripts or stylesheets, must be replaced by &amp; and &lt; respectively.

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Seth says
For character encoding consider a PHP library like this one.


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