in reply to Re^2: Parsing XML with XML::Simple
in thread Parsing XML with XML::Simple

The big issue is that if you have First Last <> within your XML, you have bad XML. (It should be First Last &lt;;.) It is better to fix these files. I am not sure how you came into this, because XML::Simple usually escapes these things:
$ perl -MXML::Simple -e "print XMLout({ a => 'a <b>' })" <opt a="a &lt;b&gt;" />

It could be the version you're using. The example above used

$ which_pm XML::Simple XML::Simple 2.13 c:/tools/apache/Perl/site/lib/XML/