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Re: Detection of non-Unicode characters

what is nonunicode
At 04:36 PM 8/23/2002 -0600, Matt Gushee wrote:

>I would bet it's this. Just this past week I have been debugging a
>broken application that is supposed to generate XML from Word documents.
>The main problem I found was that the Word documents are full of
>characters like 0x07, 0x2012-0x2019, and the like. The latter range
>consists of common punctuation symbols like dashes and left and right
>quotes (AKA 'smart quotes'). They appear to be using Code Page 1252
>mapped directly into Unicode.

I just ran into this myself, with a styled apostrophe character -- which 
was only reported as a problem by XML Spy 4.4 upon opening the 1.2MB XML 
file (character was: Â (0xC2), ' (0x92)).

All three validators I have (Xerces standalone, XMetal 3.0, and XML Spy 
4.4) reported the file valid, but it was failing upon import into a content 
management system (with the less than helpful error of "no root element 
present", when there clearly was).

A tool that would quickly locate these kinds of things would be enormously 
helpful (I'd certainly buy a copy if it were commercial/shareware).

Ann Navarro, WebGeek, Inc.

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