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I have a site map with generated dynamic urls that I need included in the sitemap. However, the sitemap seems to be generating an error on the & character, so that pages with more than one variable in the query string break the sitemap. How can I fix this? Here's an example:

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The ampersand (&) character is a reserved character in XML (sitemaps are XML) and must be replaced with an XML entity that represents it. In this case that would be & (all entities start with ampersand which is why it is reserved).

When the XML is parsed the & entity in your url will be translated into plain &.

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Note that if you're generating the URL through PHP, run the entire URL string through the htmlentities function to solve this problem. (php.net/manual/en/function.htmlentities.php) – Virtuosi Media Aug 28 '10 at 20:44

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