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Re: [xml-dev] How to represent P/E correctly?

On 05/07/2010 20:22, ycao5@scs.carleton.ca wrote:

XML element names can only contain letters and digits and a few special 
characters such as ".", "-", and "_". The "/" character is one of very 
many characters that is not allowed. You will have to choose a different 
element name. There are an infinite number to choose from, and they are 
all equally "correct". If you are looking for an algorithm that will 
generate a valid element name from any character string, then you could 
consider replacing non-alphanumeric characters with _NNN_ where NNN is 
the numeric value of the Unicode codepoint. It might have been nice if 
the spec designers had allowed numeric character references (&#NNN;) to 
appear in element names, but for some reason they didn't.

Michael Kay

> Hello,
>     I have a basic question for xml and xslt. The xml element node 
> name contains a "/". For example, an xml element node 
> (price-to-earnings ratio) is represented as P/E. The xml parser will 
> throw an exception for "/" follows P. How to correctly represent the 
> tag name containing "/"?
>     Thank you.
> Yang
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