Java HTML / XML How to - Get the Value of an Entity Reference in a DOM Document


We would like to know how to get the Value of an Entity Reference in a DOM Document.


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import javax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilderFactory;

import org.w3c.dom.Document;
import org.w3c.dom.Element;
import org.w3c.dom.EntityReference;
import org.xml.sax.InputSource;

public class Main {
  public static String getXMLData() {
    return "your data";

  public static void main(String[] argv) throws Exception {
    DocumentBuilderFactory factory = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance();
    Document doc = factory.newDocumentBuilder().parse(
        new InputSource(new StringReader(getXMLData())));

    Element root = doc.getDocumentElement();
    EntityReference eref = (EntityReference) root.getFirstChild();