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Re: "Malformed XML" (l10n?) problems on checkout

From: André Malo <nd_at_perlig.de>
Date: 2005-02-17 05:31:07 CET

* Dale Worley wrote:

> > From: Charles Bailey [mailto:bailey@newman.upenn.edu]
> >
> > Sure. I think I've got it. By process of elimination, the
> > offending file
> > seems to be one named '.ooo^H^H^Htestff^Hile' (where ^H is
> > the usual \x08
> > backspace character). (No, I've no idea why the creator of
> > this file --
> > likely OpenOffice.org -- chose to use this name.)
>
> *Why* that file name exists is clear -- someone was trying to type a file
> name into a box. He typed ".ooo", and then decided he didn't like that,
> so he typed ^H three times, which moved the cursor back three spaces,
> then he typed "test", which wrote over the offending "ooo", but didn't
> actually remove them from the program's input buffer. Similarly, the
> final ^H was to correct the second "f" so he could replace it with "i".
> The name he thought he was getting was ".testfile".
>
> But you've identified the Subversion problem correctly -- a file name can
> contain "non-printable" characters, which are forbidden in XML. Worse,
> what you might think is a valid escape sequence to represent it -- &8; --
> is also forbidden in XML, because "character entities" are forbidden from
> representing non-printable characters. See the discussion in
>
> http://www.w3c.org/TR/2004/REC-xml-20040204/#dt-charref
>
> Subversion may need to extend XML to allow this (and has to verify that
> its XML parser can deal with it).

XML 1.1 allows them (except &#0;). No need to do the work of the W3C
here ;-)
<http://www.w3c.org/TR/2004/REC-xml11-20040204/#sec-xml11>

nd

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