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RE: How to read the encoding of an XML document

Subject: RE: How to read the encoding of an XML document
From: James Garriss <jpgarriss@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 11:11:28 -0400
RE:  How to read the encoding of an XML document
At 11:07 AM 10/25/2001 +0100, Michael Kay wrote:
> My XML document has a specific encoding.
>
>   <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
>   <document>data goes here</document>
>
> What XSL do I use to read the value of the encoding attribute?

You can't. By the time the XML parser has done its work, the original
encoding of the file is of no further interest, since all the characters are
now in Unicode.

When you say Unicode, does that equate to UTF-8, UTF-16, UTF-32 or something else? Or does the answer depend upon the XML parser you are using, which in my case is MSXML3.0?


--James Garriss


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