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  • Subject: strange error- "Document root element is missing"
  • From: Alan Eustace <alan.eustace@alatto.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2004 16:30:32 +0000
  • Organization: Alatto Technologies
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I hope someone can shed light on this. I'm parsing an XML document that 
I've validated- it is well formed, and I'm getting this error: 
'org.xml.sax.SAXParseException: Document root element is missing'

The xml is thus (I've stripped out everything but the root element, but 
the error is the same):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>

I've read postings on problems with a byte order mark being inserted at 
the beginning of the file, but I've opened up the document in a couple 
of Unicode editors, and can't see anything there, and there's no 
whitespace before the xml declaration.

Any ideas or advice greatly appreciated.


Alan Eustace


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