Re: [xsl] Original encoding lost after transformation

Subject: Re: [xsl] Original encoding lost after transformation
From: guray@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 14:36:16 +0100
Hmm, I think you are right. The problem must occur somewhere else. I can
properly pass the 2nd transformation after specifying the ISO-8859-1
encoding when serializing the resulting DOM document to a string.
However, the XML declaration still specifies UTF-8? There must be a
method somewhere in the (Java) APIs that sets the correct encoding
declaration instead of I assume this default one? If anyone know where
I'd be grateful...


On Fri, Feb 18, 2005 at 11:30:58AM +0000, David Carlisle wrote:
> The encoding of the source file is interpreted by the XML parser which
> just reports unicode character positions in an encoding neutral way so
> xslt doesn't have any record of the original encoding.
> You can ask that it outputs in latin 1 by going
> <xsl:output encoding="iso-8859-1"/>
> Note however that every XML application has to accept utf8 but support
> for iso-8859-1 is an optional feature so (in theory at least) your
> resulting document will be less portable.
> You say you got:
>   Some transformations (depending on the source xml) now fail on the
>   second pass as the first pass returns data with the wrong UTF-8 declaration
>   above. The error message is:
> Invalid byte 2 of 2-byte UTF-8 sequence
> It's most unlikely that XSLT writes out a file with a bad encoding
> declaration so this is probably an indication of another error
> somewhere in your processing chain.
> Note that if you are doing two transformations back to back from java
> (or any other similar API)  you almost certainly should not be encoding
> and decoding the intermediate stage at all. Most XSLT processors will
> allow you to pass the result tree of the first transform directly to the
> second transform without having to serialise it in some encoding and
> then re-parse it.
> David
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