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   Re: encoding problem fixed

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  • From: David Brownell <david-b@pacbell.net>
  • To: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
  • Date: Tue, 03 Aug 1999 08:46:39 -0700

John Cowan wrote:
> David Brownell wrote:
> > As I noted elsewhere, a better guideline is always to pass a URI to
> > the InputSource, and only use I/O streams (Reader or InputStream)
> > with exquisite care.  Reader in the case of data whose encoding is
> > externally tagged (e.g. MIME entities or database contents); and if
> > the encoding isn't externally recorded, _only then_ use InputStream.
> Note that SAX lets you pass an InputStream and a media type together;
> this is useful if you know the type and don't have an URI.  This may
> be more efficient than instantiating your own InputStreamReader,
> depending on the parser.

You passed the quiz ... "what oft-overlooked SAX feature did Dave
omit, to have the Right Thing sound so simple?"  :-)

Though you should have said "character encoding", not "media type".

- Dave

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