I get "Invalid XML" error when I try to upload to a2jauthor.org, but my A2J Guided Interview is running fine on LHI (or another server)

Trying to convert an old A2J Guided Interview to A2J Author version 6.0 on a2jauthor.org. I download the interview file from LawHelp Interactive (LHI) or another server that's hosting my interview live right now. When I try to upload it to a2jauthor.org I get an error message that says "invalid xml." How do I fix this? What is going on?

A2JAuthor.org expects A2J Guided Interviews created in A2J Author 4.0. Some interviews, created in A2J Author 3 or earlier did not contain the xml code the conversion tool in a2jauthor.org expects. The A2J Author 4 Viewer, running on LHI or another server, was able to handle older versions of the interviews. That's why the A2J 3 or earlier interviews are live and working now in the viewer. However, our converter tool is currently not able to handle older interviews. (There's a ticket in our system to add additional conversion assistance for older interviews right now.)

Work around:

  • Download interview file from LHI or another server
  • Extract zipped file
  • Open interview.xml file in A2J Author 4 (available to download here.)
  • Rename the file in A2J Author 4
  • It should save that new file with the extension .a2j (example Divorce.a2j)
  • Log into your a2jauthor.org account and open A2J Author (under the Author tab)
  • Upload the new file
  • Conversion should happen almost instantaneously and you now have an A2J Guided Interview in version 6 that's ready for testing and QA


If you have any issues, feel free to contact A2J Author's Project Manager, Jessica Frank (jessica@cali.org)