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From David Lane <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Add HTTP header charset from HTML meta tag?
Date Thu, 23 Dec 2010 19:37:08 GMT
On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 2:20 PM, Nick Kew <> wrote:

> On 12 Dec 2010, at 18:57, David Lane wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I'm looking for a way to handle a body of existing HTML which is encoded
> inconsistently.  On the basis that the meta tag is likely to be correct, I'd
> like to use that to set the HTTP content-type header's charset.  I have
> Googled for solutions, and checked the module documents, and I don't see a
> way to do what I have in mind.  I found a number of ways to set the header,
> which seem to be "more correct" and would be fine in a better situation
> (.htaccess files, changing file suffixes, etc.), but the tangle of existing
> content, CMS, users and maintenance makes me lean toward a server-based
> solution.  Did I miss something obvious?
> If it's too inconsistent to automate, there's no really good solution.
> mod_xml2enc nearly does what you want: it'll sniff the encoding from the
> <meta>
> if the server doesn't set charset.  If you just chop out the libxml2
> detection
> (xmlParseCharEncoding) it'll do exactly what you need.  Alternatively you
> can
> use it together with a libxml2-consumer module like mod_proxy_html, which
> both deals with the charset issue and offers explicit <meta http-equiv>
> support.
> --
> Nick Kew
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
Hello Nick, I forgot to thank you for this.  The mod_proxy_html module does
do almost exactly what I want.  I'd rather keep the meta tag in place to
placate people concerned about the local file save issues, but other than
that, I'm golden.  Thanks.

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