Bug 18207 - Unable to have XML string resource where value begins with a question mark
Summary: Unable to have XML string resource where value begins with a question mark
Alias: None
Product: Android
Classification: Xamarin
Component: MSBuild ()
Version: 4.2.x
Hardware: PC Windows
: Normal normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jonathan Pryor
Depends on:
Reported: 2014-03-06 04:29 UTC by gserg.g
Modified: 2014-03-06 16:58 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description gserg.g 2014-03-06 04:29:56 UTC
If in Xamarin Studio you add a string resource to the 'values/strings.xml' file where the value of the resource begins with a question mark, optionally preceeded by white space, then you can't build the project.

The error: "No resource found that matches the givenname (at '<resource name>' with value '<resource value>')."
The error appears in the strings.xml editor.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Add this line to strings.xml:

<string name="bad_resource">???</string>

2. Build the project. Error: No resource found that matches the given name (at 'bad_resource' with value '???').

In order to work around this, you have to make the value begin with something else other that a question mark. As long as the value begins with something else, you can keep the rest '?'s.
Comment 1 Ram Chandra 2014-03-06 05:08:27 UTC
I tried to reproduce this issue as mentioned in bug description and I am able to reproduce this issue.

When I put a string which started with "?", I am getting build time error i.e. "No resource found that matches the given name (at 'bad_resources' with value '?tr')."  but when I added anything else except "?", I am not getting any build error.

Screencast: http://www.screencast.com/t/zq9Am1YaFrQa


Windows 7
xamarin.Android : 4.12.00028
Comment 2 Jonathan Pryor 2014-03-06 16:58:40 UTC
This is an Android "issue"/"bug"/"feature".

First of all, it bites Java users as well:


Second of all, the value of the <string/> element is not arbitrary text. It has rules:


For example, note that a single quote needs to be escaped. There are rules.

I suspect that as part of the (undocumented) rules, you can reference other resources, which means style references may be valid, and style references start with a '?':


I would suggest trying to wrap the value in double-quotes, e.g.

    <string name="bad_resource">"???"</string>