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   Re: ANNOUNCE: xml encoding detector in C

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  • From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
  • To: XML Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 10:10:54 -0400

Paul Langer wrote:

> One remark on the EBCDIC handling:
> Your program returns "EBCDIC-CP-US" if it detects EBCDIC
> without an explicit encoding declaration (see comment:
>  /* better than nothing */).
> I do not think that this behaviour is "better than nothing".

In Java I could throw an error, but C doesn't have exception
handling, and I figure a server would rather return something
than nothing.  The routine is not meant to handle ill-formed
XML, and will return one of the other defaults ("UTF-8",
"UTF-16-BE", "UTF-16-LE") depending on just what bytes it sees.

> And if you want to define a default, what makes "EBCDIC-CP-US"
> more desirable than e.g. "ebcdic-cp-is"?


Thanks for taking the trouble to look at it.

John Cowan	http://www.ccil.org/~cowan		cowan@ccil.org
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