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Did you ever find a solution to your problem?
im choking on the same error - and are kinda close to getting crazy over that "illigal char" problemo....


Pete Warden

I'm still seeing this error occasionally, though adding the explicit character set at the start made almost all the problems go away.

I did also find this thread discussing the correct way to handle illegal characters:

Their reasoning makes sense for ASCII control characters, but I seem to hit this mostly with expanded character set values. I agree, it's annoying to both have no way to sanitize the input before processing, or have the parser ignore bad values.

One option I may look at is binary-izing my text data, but that loses the readability advantage of XML.

I have an update to this post at

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