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07 Apr 2012 18:42
Compose your post in Microsoft Word? NO!
FeedBack ( 0) Here's what Google-owned Feedburner says about the headaches you can encounter if you use Word or another word processor to create your blog post (which will end up as an XML file (feed)). The issue is not just with Feedburner, it can occur with any feed publishing service.
...the most common cause of feed problems is the content that you post. A lot of folks like to use Microsoft Word (or other word processors, we just know this one has caused us a lot of headaches) to write up their blog posts. When they do, sometimes these word processors can sneak in characters that are very difficult to render in XML. The most likely culprit is the dreaded Smart Quote, especially if you are putting quotations in your feed posts. Also, Word (we think) likes to put in special tags for formatting paragraphs, as well as address information. We don't always know where these things come from, we just know that when they are introduced, they cause problems.
So how do I keep that junk from coming into my feed/blog? Our best advice is to compose your postings in a straight text editor, like Notepad on Windows, or TextEdit on the Mac.