detecting character set of an XML doc

Ronald Bourret rbourret at
Thu Jun 17 12:54:58 BST 1999

Dirk Germonpre wrote:

> 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
> this?

See Appendix F of the XML spec.

-- Ron Bourret

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