Method for escaping HTML in Java

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Is there a recommended way to escape <, >, " and & characters when outputting HTML in plain Java code? (Other than manually doing the following, that is).

String source = "The less than sign (<) and ampersand (&) must be escaped before using them in HTML";
String escaped = source.replace("<", "&lt;").replace("&", "&amp;"); // ...
Jan 9 in Java by Sushmita
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StringEscapeUtils from Apache Commons Lang:

import static org.apache.commons.lang.StringEscapeUtils.escapeHtml;
// ...
String source = "The less than sign (<) and ampersand (&) must be escaped before using them in HTML";
String escaped = escapeHtml(source);

For version 3:

import static org.apache.commons.lang3.StringEscapeUtils.escapeHtml4;
// ...
String escaped = escapeHtml4(source);
answered Jan 9 by developer_1
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