Parsing XML with special characters

It is pretty common to come across a scenario where we have to deal with special characters in XML. Like &, (, ), $, etc. With this fix the < be the only illeagal character.

Let’s take look at one way of fixing it if one does not have any control over the XML being received

So if one were to execute line 4, following XmlException would be thrown:

XmlException when parsing invalid XML: ‘ ‘ is an unexpected token. The expected token is ‘;’. Line 13, position 19.


  1. Stack Overflow post
  2. MSDN documentation
  3. reference

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