MSXML for Java Questions

Marko Zerdin marko.zerdin at
Mon Sep 13 17:13:23 BST 1999

OK. Here is XML that I sent in my first mail at the beginning of the thread:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-2"?>

When I pass this as an argument into the method DOMDocument.loadXML(String),
I get following error:
line 1, column 44: Switch from current encoding to specified encoding not

That's it. This is actually the only problem I had with this parser. I
didn't really work with some very complicated XML, and I didn't even touch
XSL yet, so I don't know what's waiting for me in the future. If anybody
knows for other "features" of IE5 parser, I would appreciate any

Wish you all the best,


-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Lovett [mailto:clovett at]
Sent: Monday, September 13, 1999 4:57 PM
To: 'Marko Zerdin'; 'Erik James Freed'
Cc: xml-dev at
Subject: RE: MSXML for Java Questions

The encoding attribute should work great in the IE5 version of MSXML.  
Please send me the specific case you had trouble with.  Thanks.

-----Original Message-----
From: Marko Zerdin [mailto:marko.zerdin at]
Sent: Monday, September 13, 1999 7:28 AM
To: 'Erik James Freed'
Cc: xml-dev at
Subject: RE: MSXML for Java Questions

Erik, thank you for your answer. I've been out of town for a few days, so I
wasn't able to respond earlier.

So, what you're saying is that you don't advise me to use IE5 XML parser.
Well, I've made quite a progress in the meantime. I've stopped using old XML
parser for java and started using COM wrapper for MSXML, that is built in
IE5. The only problem I had by now was my inability to specify encoding of
an XML document (which could be quite a problem, because I live in Slovenia
and we don't use ASCII or ISO Latin1). I've decided to postpone a problem to
some better time.

What are the bugs you were talking about (besides encoding, which generates
error for no reason known to me)? I've kept XML quite simple and it's worked
quite well by now.

What solution would you recommend? The advantage of using IE5 built-in is
huge. The system we're developing is going to a large distributed system
that will work in IE5 (client's specification). The application will run in
applets on client machines, so minimizing the transfer is on the top of
priority list.

Do you know of any XML parser for java, that is really small and works well?
If so, I'd be happy to know about it, too.

Thanks again,


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