First off, I admit I am very much a novice, I probably shouldn't try dabbling here yet but because of a necessity I really need to.

I am building a wordpress theme and I want to be able to pass the featured image on a slideshow parameter to this xml file.

Code:
    <Image Filename="image1.jpg">  
        <Text>  
          <headline>Description Text</headline>  
          <break>Ӂ</break>  
          <paragraph>Here you can add a description text for every single slide.</paragraph>  
          <break>Ӂ</break>  
          <inline>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu quam dolor, a venenatis nisl. Praesent scelerisque iaculis fringilla. Sed congue placerat eleifend.</inline>  
          Ӂ<a href="http://themes.5-squared.com/sansation/?style=cool_blue" target="_blank">hyperlinks</a>  
        </Text>  
      </Image>  
      
      <Image Filename="image2.jpg">  
        <Text>  
          <headline>Description Text</headline>  
          <break>Ӂ</break>  
          <paragraph>Here you can add a description text for every single slide.</paragraph>  
          <break>Ӂ</break>  
          <inline>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu quam dolor, a venenatis nisl. Praesent scelerisque iaculis fringilla. Sed congue placerat eleifend.</inline>  
          Ӂ<a href="http://themes.5-squared.com/sansation/?style=cool_blue" target="_blank">hyperlinks</a>  
        </Text>  
      </Image>  
      
      <Image Filename="image3.jpg">  
        <Text>  
          <headline>Description Text</headline>  
          <break>Ӂ</break>  
          <paragraph>Here you can add a description text for every single slide.</paragraph>  
          <break>Ӂ</break>  
          <inline>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu quam dolor, a venenatis nisl. Praesent scelerisque iaculis fringilla. Sed congue placerat eleifend.</inline>  
          Ӂ<a href="http://themes.5-squared.com/sansation/?style=cool_blue" target="_blank">hyperlinks</a>  
        </Text>  
      </Image>  
      
      <Image Filename="image4.jpg">  
        <Text>  
          <headline>Description Text</headline>  
          <break>Ӂ</break>  
          <paragraph>Here you can add a description text for every single slide.</paragraph>  
          <break>Ӂ</break>  
          <inline>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu quam dolor, a venenatis nisl. Praesent scelerisque iaculis fringilla. Sed congue placerat eleifend.</inline>  
          Ӂ<a href="http://themes.5-squared.com/sansation/?style=cool_blue" target="_blank">hyperlinks</a>  
        </Text>  
      </Image>  
    </Piecemaker>';  
    ?>
This all comes from this tutorial for integrating the peacemaker into wordpress. I know this isn't a wordpress forum but I am not sure if this is a general php action I can learn or not. I am so new at this it is pitiful but I really need to start wrapping my mind around this and a few other concepts soon.

Thanks for your patience with me. Oh yeah and does anyone know what this Ӂ is for?