detecting character set of an XML doc

Dirk Germonpre dirkg at
Thu Jun 17 12:28:57 BST 1999


If I'm writing an XML tool, how can I detect what character set is used for
an XML document? I've read that for UTF-16, an encoding signature (xFEFF)
is used at the beginning of the document. Is there a different encoding
signature for each character set? If so, where can I find documentation on
Where can I find encoders and decoders for C++ to convert to and from unicode?

Thanks in advance.


Dirk Germonpré - dirkg at

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