How to Encode Strings for XML with Python

By Birtchum Thompson | March 22, 2020

Stings within XML tags need to be properly formatted. Without proper formatting, a XML Parsing Error is likely to occur. This tutorial demonstrates how to encode strings properly for XML using Python.

Special characters like the ampersand (&), greater-than (>), and less-than (<) will cause a XML Parsing Error if not formatted correctly. Python has a built-in module for handling special characters for XML. To use it, import the escape function from the xml module and wrap you strings with the function as shown below.

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