XML error (5 posts)

  1. schoe
    Posted 3 years ago #

    HungryFEED can't get feed: http://www.taz.de/Schwerpunkt-berwachung/!t10;atom/
    I suppose HungryFEED is right: Todays feed says
    <name>U. Winkelmann & C. Jakob</name>
    with a plain ampersand which probably is not correkt!!!

    Which WP filter could I use ('the_content' and 'content_edit_pre' seem to be to late...) to turn & into &???


  2. schoe
    Posted 3 years ago #

    This feed including the "&" might not be quite correct but other feedreaders do accept it!

    The error says:
    "HungryFEED can't get feed. Don't be mad at HungryFEED. SimplePie reported: This XML document is invalid, likely due to invalid characters. XML error: XML_ERR_NAME_REQUIRED at line 59, column 28"

    There you can find the ampersand. So the "&" problem comes from SimplePie which is called by HungryFEED.
    Shouldn't there be a way to put a filter...

  3. Jason
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yea unfortunately it looks like an issue with SimplePie - HungryFEED can only handle feeds that SimplePie can parse. WordPress doesn't include the most updated version of SimplePie, so upgrading can sometimes fix things.

  4. schoe
    Posted 3 years ago #

    In debug mode you put the whole feed in a buffer...

    if (!$feed->init()) { ... }

    Isn't there a chance to use the buffer to mask the ampersand and send it back to SimplePie?

  5. Jason
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    I've looked before into SimplePie for some kind of pre-processing hook to clean up feeds and such but I haven't found any way so far.

    There is one solution that I just now remembered several people have used for non-standard feeds. That is to use a feed aggregator as a proxy. Yahoo Pipes works well but is a little complicated. You can try feedBurner as well or any other feed aggregator. It works like this:

    source feed <- aggregator <- hungryfeed

    The aggregators tend to be more forgiving for malformed XML and other problems. so it kinda "fixes" the feed before hungryfeed get it.

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