elementtree and gbk encoding

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at pythonware.com
Wed Mar 15 13:46:15 CET 2006

Diez B. Roggisch wrote:

> Interestingly enough, that has not to be the case. A document can very well
> be well-formed without a header. The constraints for well-formedness are
> scattered throughout the spec, so I'm not sure what they say about the used
> encoding in absence of a header.

if there's no header, and no external override, the document must use either
UTF-8 or UTF-16, and for UTF-16, a leading byte order mark must be present
(ASCII is of course a subset of UTF-8, but e.g. ISO-8859-1 isn't).



may also help (at least if you read between the lines).

> Boy, that XML-stuff is always full of surprises - even after so many years
> dealing with it..

a specification written for humans would have saved the world a lot of con-


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