Looked over some of the previous posts that may be related, but unfortunately I have no idea about using webservices and XML. Another developer did this class, and it works great in DE org, but as a managed package I get error below. He can't look at for few weeks, but I feel like this is simple...but I'm not getting it. We are just trying to install into our own org right now and not publish on Appexchange so I don't care if items are hardcoded or ugly to start with.

Line 23 of HitQuestion is bolded below. This is ultimately an AWS WSDL.

Apex script unhandled exception by user/organization: Visualforce
Page: /apex/oneout__GenerateHitAuditSetting caused by:
System.XmlException: Prefix cannot be specified if namespace is not specified Class.OneOut.HitQuestion.getQuestionXml: line 23, column 1
Class.OneOut.AMT.GenerateHit: line 181, column 1
Class.OneOut.Mturk_GenerateHitAuditSettingController.Generate: line 42, column 1

public class HitQuestion {

  MTurk__c masterSettings;   
    public  List<String> lstAuditSettingNumber = new List<String>
 {'1','2','3','4','5','6','7','8','9','10','11', '12','13','14','15','16','17','18','19','20'};
      private String QUESTION = 'Ques_Criteria_';   private String QUESTION_AUDIT = 'Question_';
      public String ANSWER = 'Ans_Criteria_';
      public String QUESTION_IDENTIFIER = 'Criteria_';   public String QUESTION_AUDIT_IDENTIFIER = 'Response_';
      public String REQUIRED = 'Required';
      public HitQuestion() {
     this.masterSettings = MTurk__c.getInstance();   }
      public String getQuestionXml(AuditSetting__c setting){
     Dom.Document doc = new Dom.Document();

     // **The line below is throwing the exception**
     Dom.XmlNode questionForm = doc.createRootElement('QuestionForm',masterSettings.Question_Namespace__c,'');


     for(Integer i = 0; i < lstAuditSettingNumber.size(); i++) {
       String questionValue = String.valueOf(setting.get(QUESTION_AUDIT + lstAuditSettingNumber[i] + '__c'));
       if(questionValue == null || questionValue == '') break;

       String answer = String.valueOf(setting.get(getAuditAnswerKey(lstAuditSettingNumber[i])));

       String answerType = String.valueOf(setting.get(QUESTION_AUDIT + lstAuditSettingNumber[i] + '_Type__c'));

       if(answerType != 'Text' && String.isEmpty(answer)) {

       Boolean isRequired = Boolean.valueOf(setting.get(QUESTION_AUDIT + lstAuditSettingNumber[i] + '_Required__c'));
       //if(answer == null || answer == '') continue;

       Dom.XmlNode question = questionForm.addChildElement('Question',null,null);
       String questionIdentifier = QUESTION_AUDIT_IDENTIFIER + lstAuditSettingNumber[i] + '__c';
     return doc.toXmlString();    }
     public void addInstructions(Dom.XmlNode questionForm,AuditSetting__c setting){
      if(setting.Instructions__c != null) {
        Dom.XmlNode ndOverview = questionForm.addChildElement('Overview', null,null);

1 Answer 1


So the line in question is:

Dom.XmlNode questionForm =   

I think the issue here is the empty string being passed as the third parameter to createRootElement when masterSettings.Question_Namespace__c is null or empty.

Try using null instead of the empty string for the third parameter.

  • Did change error but basically still same issue. caused by: System.NullPointerException: Argument cannot be null. Class.OneOut.AMT.GenerateSignature: line 347, column 1 Class.OneOut.AMT.GenerateHit: line 196, column 1 Class.OneOut.Mturk_GenerateHitAuditSettingController.Generate: line 42, column 1
    – ddeve
    May 27, 2014 at 2:44
  • 1
    Is it possible that masterSettings is null? May 27, 2014 at 3:34
  • 1
    @user2451 or masterSettings.Question_Namespace__c is null? May 27, 2014 at 3:56
  • masterSettings was null. Adding the class to populate the Custom Setting where this was contained resolved all the errors.
    – ddeve
    May 27, 2014 at 15:12

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