Rendered by the New Chatterbox XML Ticker [ashok.g] probably nul characters you can see exactly what is in the file with <c>perl -MData::Dumper -wne'print Data::Dumper->new([$_])->Useqq(1)->Terse(1)->Dump' filename</c> morning all Hey.. [marto].. may e you can help me.. thanks [yitzchak]... Its <code>\0</code> which is represented as <code>^@</code>