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Searching by the process definition is not possible in the Process Portal for WebSphere Lombardi Edition (WLE)

Technote (troubleshooting)


It is not possible to define the search condition by "Process Definition" when you create a saved search in the Process Portal. The list of business process definition (BPD) names is not generated in the corresponding drop down menu.


Error messages that are related to http://host_name:port/portal/jsp/ are shown in Java™Script console.


The issue might occur if the business process definition names contain characters that are not valid XML characters. The list of process definitions is retrieved from the server dynamically and returned in an XML form. Non-XML characters are not escaped when this list is formed in WebSphere Lombardi Edition and a browser reports an error when it parses the resulting XML code.

Diagnosing the problem

To see this issue, open the following link in your browser: http://host_name:port/portal/jsp/
Make sure that you replace the host_name and port values with the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) and port of WebSphere Lombardi Edition Process Portal.

Your browser should report an error if the returned XML code contains invalid characters. The exact error message depends on the browser.

The following examples show the error messages that are returned for a business process definition that is named "Name & issue". This name causes the described issue because the ampersand character is not a valid XML character:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer:
    Whitespace is not allowed at this location. Error processing resource 'http://hostname:port/portal/...

    <NAME>Name & issue</NAME><REF>/25.1cbfabf8-fb2c-466d-8490-99fb22499a7e</REF>....
  • Mozilla FireFox:
    XML Parsing Error: not well-formed
    Line Number 13, Column 13:
    <NAME>Name & issue</NAME><REF>/25.1cbfabf8-fb2c-....

If content of the exact line is not displayed, then check the page source to locate the reported position.

Resolving the problem

To resolve the issue, identify the affected business process definition and rename it so only valid XML characters are used in the name.

Refer to the following W3C standard for the validity of used characters:

Note: Your library might contain more than one business process definition with invalid characters in the name. Repeat the procedure until your browser renders the output of successfully.

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Document information

More support for: WebSphere Lombardi Edition
Process Portal

Software version: 7.2,,,,

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1612168

Modified date: 06 February 2013