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From Robby Pelssers <>
Subject HTML5 serializer
Date Fri, 06 Jan 2012 14:48:42 GMT
Hi all,

I've been looking at how to add a HTML5 serializer to the project.

So far my investigations have led to add following code to org.apache.cocoon.sax.component.XMLSerializer

    public static XMLSerializer createHTML5Serializer() {
        XMLSerializer serializer = new XMLSerializer();


        return serializer;

Using the HTML5 serializer in a test to print the output:

    public void testHTML5Serializer() throws Exception {
        ByteArrayOutputStream baos = new ByteArrayOutputStream();

           new XMLGenerator("<html><head><title>serializer test</title></head><body><p>test</p></body></html>")

        String data = new String(baos.toByteArray());

Would print

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "XSLT-compat">
<META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
<title>serializer test</title>

I read a number of articles describing the issues with serializing html5 and so far this was
the best I could come up with which is not 100% conforming due to

·         Non matching doctype although it will not break in the browser  --> should be
<!DOCTYPE html>

·         The charset should be <meta charset="UTF-8"/> according to html5 spec

Does anyone have more knowledge on this subject?


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