"php - processing invalid xml" Answer’s


What you need is something that will use libxml's internal errors to locate invalid characters and escape them accordingly. Here's a mockup of how I'd write it. Take a look at the result of libxml_get_errors() for error info.

function load_invalid_xml($xml)
    $use_internal_errors = libxml_use_internal_errors(true);

    $sxe = simplexml_load_string($xml);

    if ($sxe)
        return $sxe;

    $fixed_xml = '';
    $last_pos  = 0;

    foreach (libxml_get_errors() as $error)
        // $pos is the position of the faulty character,
        // you have to compute it yourself
        $pos = compute_position($error->line, $error->column);
        $fixed_xml .= substr($xml, $last_pos, $pos - $last_pos) . htmlspecialchars($xml[$pos]);
        $last_pos = $pos + 1;
    $fixed_xml .= substr($xml, $last_pos);


    return simplexml_load_string($fixed_xml);
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
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