Escape developer name umlauts in a Maven POM file?

In the <developers> section of a pom.xml, if a name contains non-7-bit-ascii characters, e.g. German umlauts (ä) or French accents (é)—do I need to escape them somehow? Because if I view the file with Mozilla, I get an error:

XML Parsing Error: undefined entity

            <name>Foo B&eacute;r</name>

Should I just type the accents as such and assume maven uses UTF-8 decoding?


One cannot use HTML named entities in XML. Use UTF-8 and you get full WYSIWIG. If encoding is not listed in it defaults to UTF-8.

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