Parsing XML with ElementTree (unicode problem?)

Richard Brodie R.Brodie at
Mon Jul 23 16:46:15 CEST 2007

<oren.tsur at> wrote in message 
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> so what's the difference? how comes parsing is fine
> in the first case but erroneous in the second case?

You may have guessed the encoding wrong. It probably
wasn't utf-8 to start with but iso8859-1 or similar.
What actual byte value is in the file?

> 2. there is another problem that might be similar I get a similar
> error if the content of the (locally saved) xml have special
> characters such as '&'

Either the originator of the XML has messed up, or whatever
you have done to save a local copy has mangled it. 

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