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XML::UMby mirod (Canon)
|on Sep 12, 2000 at 18:25 UTC||Need Help??|
Item Description: creates encoding functions from UTF-8 to most encodings
Review Synopsis: Alpha module that will be probably replaced by native Perl functions in the future. It can save your day in the meantime
This module comes in handy when processing XML, as XML::Parser converts all strings to UTF-8.
A typical usage scenario would be:
Warning: the version of XML::UM in libxml-enno-1.02 has an installation problem. To fix this, once you have downloaded and uncompressed the module, before doing perl Makefile.PL, edit the XML::UM.pm file in the lib/XML directory and replace the $ENCDIR value with the location of your XML::Encoding maps (it should be /usr/local/src/XML-Encoding-1.01/maps or /opt/src/XML-Encoding-1.01/maps/).
Why use XML::UM?
Why NOT use XML::UM?
XML::UM is probably just an interim solution while the new Unicode features in Perl are being developed. They will essentially perform the same tasks, just faster and in the Perl core (which means more support)
In the meantime XML::UM is easy to use and can really save you some headaches with encodings.
The absence of latin-1 conversion function (due to the fact that expat supports latin-1 natively, hence there is no encoding table for it in XML:Encoding) is a big flaw though.
It would be real nice if someone would pick up the module and add latin1. Recoding it in C could help too.