xml.LoadData - Data at the root level is invalid. Line 1, position 1

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The hidden character is probably BOM. The explanation to the problem and the solution can be found here, credits to James Schubert, based on an answer by James Brankin found here.

Though the previous answer does remove the hidden character, it also removes the whole first line. The more precise version would be:

string _byteOrderMarkUtf8 = Encoding.UTF8.GetString(Encoding.UTF8.GetPreamble());
if (xml.StartsWith(_byteOrderMarkUtf8))
{
    xml = xml.Remove(0, _byteOrderMarkUtf8.Length);
}

I encountered this problem when fetching an XSLT file from Azure blob and loading it into an XslCompiledTransform object. On my machine the file looked just fine, but after uploading it as a blob and fetching it back, the BOM character was added.

~ Answered on 2015-01-02 14:13:22


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