ANN: GLUE Transcoders now available in beta

Rick Jelliffe ricko at
Mon Jul 26 22:53:39 BST 1999

GLUE Loses User Encodings!

GLUE is a library of data and utilities to simplify the task of creating
transcoder software, and to allow the trial of new functionality for

The website is now up at
as part of the Chinese XML Now! project at Academia Sinica Computing

Transcoding is specified using XML. C Transcoders are generated using
stylesheets. Using XML allows more than just mapping tables to be
multi-byte encoding algorithms may be specified, and variant character
may be specified. The current library specifies 30 different characters
sets: including Big5. (Transcoders for other fixed 8-bit encodings can
trivially generated from the tables at  ISO2022 modal
encodings are not supported currently.)

XSL stylesheets have been made to create transcoders to utf-8 for these
character encodings. A stylesheet to create transcoders from UTF-8 is
in preparation. The transcoders are available individually, and in a
of iconv (a.k.a. tcs), implemented as a UNIX shell script.

The transcoders will be enhanced soon to handle various kinds of numeric
character reference delimiting and undelimiting. The code is Open
Note: this preview release is beta quality.

Rick Jelliffe
ricko at
Chinese XML Now! Project
Academia Sinica Computing Centre

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