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RE: [xml-dev] Accept-Charset and XML declaration?

Title: RE: [xml-dev] Accept-Charset and XML declaration?


I don't know about SHOULD but I think that it is reasonable to expect the XML processor to respect the character encoding that is reported in the XML instance (in this case, due to UTF-16, both BOM and the encoding declaration in the prolog).

Having said that with XML over HTTP I found that in many cases the accepted encoding, the encoding reported in an HTTP header and the actual encoding of the XML payload have any connection/correlation among them (though, you'd expect them to agree...). I see servers work in iso_8859-1 when they expect to get UTF-8 Hebrew text and serve clients that report in their request header iso_8859-8 and with no prolog on the XML payload (which yields UTF-8)... I can only guess how many patches on patches (bugs over bugs) have been applied to this configuration in order to work. Now imagine a situation where you need to introduce a new component (e.g., a new XML processor) into the system...


-----Original Message-----
From: bryan rasmussen [mailto:rasmussen.bryan@gmail.com]
Sent: Wed 2/27/2008 1:17 PM
To: xml-dev
Subject: [xml-dev] Accept-Charset and XML declaration?


I was just wondering, what SHOULD happen if I have an XML file server
side that has encoding UTF-16 with a declaration of that, and my
accept-charset header sent by my client is iso-8859-1?

Bryan Rasmussen


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