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   RE: Parsing XML with special characters (Perl XML::Parser)

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Carlos Prim wrote...

> Hello.
> I'm trying to parse some remote XML files, but they include
> Spanish special characters. I work on Linux, with Perl and
> 'XML::Parser' module (downloaded from CPAN).
> But I have some problems with the characters, as I get 
> 'año' instead of 'año', or 'práctico' instead of
> 'práctico'.
> I tried with 'Text::Iconv' and 'Unicode::MapUTF8' Perl 
> modules, but -I don't know if I do it wrong- it does not
> work
> correctly (texts do not change).
> I do not know if I should install another module on my Linux
> machine, or if it works really with 'Unicode::MapUTF8'.
> Does anybody have any experience? Thank you very much.

This sounds a bit like a problem a colleague encountered recently. This was on a Windows (2k) box but my guess is that something similar would happen in Linux. I'm not familiar with the modules you mention, however.

Are you using Perl 5.8? It's supposed to have better handling of UTF-8 but my experience is that unless you're using the "use utf8" pragma, you're likely to mess up non-ASCII characters anyway. Do a Google search; people have lots of problems with Perl and UTF-8, the UTF-8 support is far from perfect.

I also got varying results depending on the tools I tried. For example, different versions of the Komodo IDE gave different results, not just when displaying the characters. The bytecodes were messed up.




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