I have an array of strings in which the
% symbol is used. Proper format for using the
%. When I have a string in that array with multiple
% it gives me this error.
Multiple annotations found at this line: - error: Multiple substitutions specified in non-positional format; did you mean to add the formatted="false" attribute? - error: Found tag </item> where </string-array> is expected
The Android Asset Packaging Tool (
aapt) has become very strict in its latest release and is now used for all Android versions. The aapt-error you're getting is generated because it no longer allows non-positional format specifiers.
Here are a few ideas how you can include the %-symbol in your resource strings.
If you don't need any format specifiers or substitutions in your string you can simply make use of the
formatted attribute and set it to
<string formatted="false">%a + %a == 2%a</string>
In this case the string is not used as a format string for the
Formatter so you don't have to escape your %-symbols. The resulting string is "%a + %a == 2%a".
If you omit the
formatted="false" attribute, the string is used as a format string and you have to escape the %-symbols. This is correctly done with double-%:
<string>%%a + %%a == 2%%a</string>
aapt gives you no errors but depending on how you use it, the resulting string can be "%%a + %%a == 2%%a" if a
Formatter is invoked without any format arguments:
Resources res = context.getResources(); String s1 = res.getString(R.string.str); // s1 == "%%a + %%a == 2%%a" String s2 = res.getString(R.string.str, null); // s2 == "%a + %a == 2%a"
Without any xml and code it is difficult to say what exactly your problem is but hopefully this helps you understand the mechanisms a little better.