There are lax XML parsers, they're called non-validating.
It is supposed to handle <foo />
(as the comments indicate), but I negelected
to test that yet, and have posted prematurely.
I am working on it now, thank you.
UPDATE: This now works, it was meant to,
but that's what I get for not testing all cases...
As for generic I meant as opposed to podmaster's
XML ticker parsers
which also user substr but in a format dependent manner.
perl -pew "s/\b;([mnst])/'$1/g"
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