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Help: Escaping Text/HTML for an RSS Feed

What's the best way to escape Text/HTML using PHP?



6:47 pm on Mar 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've created an RSS 2.0 Feed for a friend of mine using PHP and MySQL. The author writes a ton of articles. I've worked out all the details of creating the feed in PHP, except for escaping characters for XML/RSS.

What's the best way to escape Text/HTML for an RSS 2.0 Feed using PHP? Can RSS descriptions contain HTML?

And... How might I escape out those "Mikrsooft" characters that I know the author will copy into the RSS descriptions?

Thanks in advance,


3:39 am on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

hmmm.... I guess nobody knows... Or is this posted in the wrong forum?


4:47 am on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think this is the correct forum, but I do now if anyone knows the answer.


11:37 am on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You do need escape characters in an RSS Feed. You can use The codes that start with &xx; etc. There are only a few you really need to consider ie < >

You can use html in an RSS feed, in my opinion though you should not use them as the feeds will be parsed and the user should decide how to view them.

You can also use cdata[] within your feed, it means all chsracters between the brackets should be shown as literal ie you do not need to use escape characters.

Do a search on google, there is some info out there.


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