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Can I Use Symbols and Special Characters in My RSS?

I want to inlcude special characters in my RSS feed, but was told that would be a problem. Can you elaborate on why some characters can not be used?

RSS is a subset of XML, or eXtensible Markup Language. Within XML their are certain characters like <, >, and & that are considered 'special'. Because XML uses these characters as part of its 'coding', the characters must be encoded if you want to use them in your RSS feed. Failing to encode these special characters will cause an RSS feed to be incorrectly displayed, or may result in errors.

Not to worry, if you are using software like FeedForAll to create your feed the software will automatically encode any special characters that require encoding.

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