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RE: Error: "Invalid byte 1 of 1-byte UTF-8 sequence" ?

  • From: "Michael Kay" <mike@s...>
  • To: "'Ben Stover'" <bxstover@y...>,<xml-dev@l...>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 18:43:56 -0000

RE:  Error: "Invalid byte 1 of 1-byte UTF-8 sequence" ?
> Unfortunately I am getting an execption:
> "Invalid byte 1 of 1-byte UTF-8 sequence" 
> What's wrong?

What's wrong is that the document is claiming to be encoded in UTF-8 (either
by saying encoding="utf8" in the XML declaration, or by saying nothing), and
it is lying - it is actually in some other encoding, perhaps iso8859-1 or

If the document was hand-edited, and if you're located in North America or
Western Europe, then there's a very good chance that the encoding is
iso8859-1, so change the XML declaration to say so. Alternatively, look for
non-ASCII characters, and replace them by numeric character references.

Michael Kay

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