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Program Name: Detect character encoding in an XML file

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License Type: Freeware

Date Released: March 27, 2012

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Detect character encoding in an XML file Desciption:


This script contains a function that analyzes an open xml file for its characters encoding by
- checking for a unicode BOM or (on failure);
- searching the xml declaration at the beginning of the file for the "encoding" attribute ;

It attempts to detect the character encoding of the xml file given by a file object that must not be a codec wrapped file object.

The return value can be:
- if detection of the BOM succeeds, the codec name of the corresponding unicode charset is returned 
- if BOM detection fails, the xml declaration is searched for the encoding attribute and its value returned. the "<" character has to be the very first in the file then (it's xml standard after all). 
- if BOM and xml declaration fail, None is returned. According to xml 1.0 it should be utf_8 then, but it wasn't detected by the means offered here. At least, one can be pretty sure that a character coding including most of ASCII is used.

License: Freeware | Downloads (271)

Platform: All

Language: Python

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