HTML Encoding Description Field

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HTML Encoding Description Field

Post by steve.major » Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:17 pm

We use the Candidate Description field to hold text representations of resumes. We recently started saving them in HTML format from our website ( This is causing some issues when communicating through web services using XML when we come across HTML that is malformed in an XML document.
Can BullHorn HTMLDecode this info on the way into the BH database and the HTMLEncode it on the way out?
Anyone else run into issues with this??

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Re: HTML Encoding Description Field

Post by jamithireddy » Thu May 17, 2012 5:39 pm

Hi Steve,

I ran into similar issue.

Did you figure out, how to resolve the HTML decode issue ?

Thanks in Advance.


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Re: HTML Encoding Description Field

Post by nsolanki » Mon May 21, 2012 10:23 am

Hi Venkat,

Bullhorn does not encode or decode the information where there is bad XML. You will need to ensure the correct html is added into the description field via your scripts.

Please see for further information.

I hope this helps.

Thank you.