' is in XML, in HTML use '
I just got hit by a very confusing "by design" behavior and it took me a while to figure out what's going on.
Here is the line of code:
text = System.Security.SecurityElement.Escape(text);
This method replaces invalid XML characters in a string with their valid XML equivalent.
The problem that I had is that when escaping some VB code using this method and then pasting it into Windows Live Writer, VB comments ' became &apos; .
Well, it turns out, XML supports ' to denote the apostrophe symbol '. However HTML doesn't officially support ' and hence Live Writer "HTML-escaped" my already "XML-escaped" string.
text = System.Security.SecurityElement.Escape(text); // HTML doesn't support XML's ' // need to use ' instead // http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/sgml/entities.html // http://lists.whatwg.org/pipermail/whatwg-whatwg.org/2005-October/004973.html // http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_XML_and_HTML_character_entity_references // http://fishbowl.pastiche.org/2003/07/01/the_curse_of_apos/ // http://nedbatchelder.com/blog/200703/random_html_factoid_no_apos.html text = text.Replace("'", "'");