In my app, I am retrieving an xml file from the web, I want to parse it, display the title and the date and then later the body.

Variable ‘target’ is the web address of a specific xml file – at this point the variable ‘target’ has held the correct value
Variable ‘line’ is a string contain the body of the xml file

Java Code:
	public static <Uri> String getXML(String target){
			String line = null;
			try {
				DefaultHttpClient httpClient = new DefaultHttpClient();
				HttpPost httpPost = new HttpPost(target);
				HttpResponse httpResponse = httpClient.execute(httpPost);
				HttpEntity httpEntity = httpResponse.getEntity();
				line = EntityUtils.toString(httpEntity);
			 } catch (UnsupportedEncodingException e) {
				 line = "<results status=\"error\"><msg>Can't connect to server</msg></results>";
			 } catch (MalformedURLException e) {
				 line = "<results status=\"error\"><msg>Can't connect to server</msg></results>";
			 } catch (IOException e) {
				 line="<results status=\"error\"><msg>Can't connect to server</msg></results>";
			 }
			 return line;
		}
It then goes to the following call Document doc = XMLfunctions.XMMLfromString(xml)

Upon access Variable ‘target’ still contains the characters of the xml file in a string format

The program then goes to XMLfromString(String xml) where xml is the returned value by getXML – this value is the actual xml file as a string – variable watching shows the correct characters in the string

Java Code:
public final static Document XMLfromString(String xml){
		
		Document doc = null;
			DocumentBuilderFactory dbf = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance();
try {
        			DocumentBuilder db = dbf.newDocumentBuilder();
			InputSource is = new InputSource();
			is.setCharacterStream(new StringReader(xml));
/* this fails, the string ‘is’ contains the correct characters from the xml file
Java Code:
doc = db.parse(is);
after parsing the variable watch shows a value of "doc = DocumentImpl(ID=83##########)+
Java Code:
		} catch (ParserConfigurationException e) {
			System.out.println("XML parse error: " + e.getMessage());
			return null;
		} catch (SAXException e) {
			System.out.println("Wrong XML file structure: " + e.getMessage());
return null;
		} catch (IOException e) {
			System.out.println("I/O exception: " + e.getMessage());
			return null;
		}
		       
        return doc;
}
Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.