Resolving ![CDATA Value Issue During XML to JSON Conversion

This article explains how to resolve the issue of ![CDATA values during the conversion of XML to JSON. CDATA values can cause problems when converting XML to JSON

Sure, here is an example PHP code that demonstrates how to resolve CDATA value issues during XML to JSON conversion:

 $xmlString = '<root>
  <element><![CDATA[This is a CDATA value]]></element>

$xml = simplexml_load_string($xmlString);
$json = json_encode($xml);
$array = json_decode($json, true);

// loop through the array and decode any CDATA values
array_walk_recursive($array, function(&$value) {
    if (is_string($value) && preg_match('/^<!\[CDATA\[.*\]\]>$/s', $value)) {
        $value = htmlspecialchars_decode(substr($value, 9, -3));

$json = json_encode($array);

echo $json;

In this example, we load an XML string into a SimpleXMLElement object, then convert it to an array using json_decode. We then use array_walk_recursive to loop through the array and decode any CDATA values using htmlspecialchars_decode. Finally, we encode the modified array as a JSON string using json_encode and output the result.