encoding problem fixed

John Cowan cowan at locke.ccil.org
Fri Jul 30 16:58:04 BST 1999

James Tauber wrote:

> In other words, rather than creating an InputSource using a FileReader, I
> used James Clark's "fileInputSource" method in XT to make a URL out of a
> file and create the InputSource from the URL string.

Yes, indeed.  You should never use a Reader of any sort when processing
XML (unless you have a non-standard Reader class that understands the
XML declaration).  Always use an InputSource so that the parser can
install its own bytes-to-chars converter based on the declaration.
> The culprit is FileReader. It is the one doing the strange "read UTF-8 as
> Windows code page".

Actually, it's doing what it's expected to: reading the native charset,
CP-1252.  (Unix JVMs use 8859-1 instead.)  It has no way of knowing that
*you* think the document charset is UTF-8.

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