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Convert XML & HTML entities to Unicode?

Posted: Tue May 15, 2012 5:36 pm
by DFH
Hi Simon,

TextPipe has a filter to convert Numeric HTML entities to text.

This is fine as far as it goes, but rather narrow in scope, as it only works for numerical entities.

Please consider to enhance TextPipe to provide a filter to convert all XML & HTML entities to Unicode.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_XM ... references

This would greatly improve the usefulness of TextPipe.

David

Re: Convert XML & HTML entities to Unicode?

Posted: Wed May 16, 2012 4:09 pm
by DataMystic Support
This filter has been changed to convert ALL entities, and the name and documentation updated accordingly.

Thanks for the link! It proved very useful.

Re: Convert XML & HTML entities to Unicode?

Posted: Wed May 16, 2012 8:29 pm
by DFH
That's great, Simon.

As Hannibal Smith used to say, "I love it when a plan comes together".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_%22Hannibal%22_Smith

David

Re: Convert XML & HTML entities to Unicode?

Posted: Wed May 16, 2012 11:30 pm
by DataMystic Support
I love that A-Team movie! Very amusing...

Re: Convert XML & HTML entities to Unicode?

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 4:12 pm
by DFH
Afterthoughts:

If the input file is XML and/or the output file is/will be XML, then the user may wish to exclude the XML entities.
Therefore please provide a tick box option for the XML entitles to be excluded/included.
Give the user choice for each subset, as this makes good sense, and the filter becomes more versatile.
  • ☑ Include the predefined XML entities
    ☑ Include the defined HTML entities
    ☑ Include NCRs (Numeric character references)
NB. For the latter, one might also find it useful to distinguish between the decimal and hexadecimal forms of NCR.

btw. The original name for this filter was somewhat inaccurate, in that it referred to Numeric HTML entities,
whereas in fact the proper name for those is numeric character reference (NCR).
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numeric_ch ... _reference

David