XML page cannot be displayed invalid character was found in text content Error Using Special Characters in Bi publisher (Doc ID 1907561.1)

Last updated on JUNE 21, 2016

Applies to:

BI Publisher (formerly XML Publisher) - Version 12.0 to 12.2 [Release 12.0 to 12.2]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

Reports are erroring out while parsing with the Excel template due to special characters present in the data.  A sample of the error is as follows:

XML page cannot be displayed
Cannot view XML input using XSL style sheet.  Please correct the error and
then click the Refresh button, or try again later.

This can be re-produced with the following steps:
1. Run an XML Report that has special characters in the data that parses with the Excel template.

Cause

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