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Re: [xml-dev] BOM and encodings questions

> it is fairly easy to implement a parser that is able to handle
> alternating encoding that can support such cases, but I couldnít
> find this mentioned anywhere in the standard(s). 

It's not supported, each external entity must be in a single encoding.
If you use a text/xml mime type the encoding of the document might be
changed in transit by a text encoder that knows nothing about the xml
structure, so it would be very difficult to allow encoding switches mid
document, even if that were desired.

> I get to see a lot of XML documents that contain alternating encodings
> -- are they not well formed? 

They may not be well formed, or they may be well formed but refer to
characters that the author of the document did not intend.


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