An XmlElement is an XML element serialized as UTF-8 string and then encoded as ByteString.

Figure 6 illustrates how the XmlElement “<A>Hot水</A>” is encoded in a byte stream.

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Figure 6 – Encoding XmlElement in a binary stream

A decoder may choose to parse the XML after decoding; if an unrecoverable parsing error occurs then the decoder should try to continue processing the stream. For example, if the XmlElement is the body of a Variant or an element in an array which is the body of a Variant then this error can be reported by setting value of the Variant to the StatusCode Bad_DecodingError.