MSXML for Java Questions

Hunter, David dhunter at
Mon Sep 13 17:48:13 BST 1999

The problem is that loadXML() in MSXML takes only Unicode strings, whereas
load() will take strings in any character set (as long as it's specified).

If you take that same XML and load it into MSXML using the load() method,
you should find that it will work fine.

The trick is that you have to either

a)  make sure any text you pass to loadXML is Unicode.  This is easier if
you use a language like Visual Basic, which uses all Unicode strings
internally; this means that any text you generate using VB can be passed to
load() no problem, without specifying the encoding.


b)  pass any XML which isn't Unicode to load() instead of loadXML(), and
specify the encoding explicitly.

It can sometimes take a bit of planning to get these issues straight.

David Hunter
david.hunter at
MediaServ Information Architects

-----Original Message-----
From: Marko Zerdin [mailto:marko.zerdin at]
Sent: Monday, September 13, 1999 11:17 AM
To: 'Chris Lovett'
Cc: 'xml-dev at'
Subject: RE: MSXML for Java Questions

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,


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