< in xml


I’ve built a custom CMS and now after completing it, i’m kicking myself because I failed to realize the xml that I am creating from the database cannot include “<” or “>”! This completely ruins my plans to import the xml (with html attributes) into my flash dynamically. Does anyone know a way to include < or > in the xml? Or a good way to import data without xml using php? I know how to use php while functions but not too sure how i’d import that into flash, each one as a seperate movie clip.