XML::UM - Convert UTF-8 strings to any encoding supported by XML::Encoding


 use XML::UM;
 # Set directory with .xml files that comes with XML::Encoding distribution
 # Always include the trailing slash!
 $XML::UM::ENCDIR = '/home1/enno/perlModules/XML-Encoding-1.01/maps/';
 # Create the encoding routine
 my $encode = XML::UM::get_encode (
        Encoding => 'ISO-8859-2',
        EncodeUnmapped => \&XML::UM::encode_unmapped_dec);
 # Convert a string from UTF-8 to the specified Encoding
 my $encoded_str = $encode->($utf8_str);
 # Remove circular references for garbage collection
 XML::UM::dispose_encoding ('ISO-8859-2');


This module provides methods to convert UTF-8 strings to any XML encoding that the XML::Encoding manpage supports. It creates mapping routines from the .xml files that can be found in the maps/ directory in the the XML::Encoding manpage distribution. Note that the XML::Encoding distribution does install the .enc files in your perl directory, but not the.xml files they were created from. That's why you have to specify $ENCDIR as in the SYNOPSIS.

This implementation uses the XML::Encoding class to parse the .xml file and creates a hash that maps UTF-8 characters (each consisting of up to 4 bytes) to their equivalent byte sequence in the specified encoding. Note that large mappings may consume a lot of memory!

Future implementations may parse the .enc files directly, or do the conversions entirely in XS (i.e. C code.)

get_encode (Encoding => STRING, EncodeUnmapped => SUB)

The central entry point to this module is the XML::UM::get_encode() method. It forwards the call to the global $XML::UM::FACTORY, which is defined as an instance of XML::UM::SlowMapperFactory by default. Override this variable to plug in your own mapper factory.

The XML::UM::SlowMapperFactory creates an instance of XML::UM::SlowMapper (and caches it for subsequent use) that reads in the .xml encoding file and creates a hash that maps UTF-8 characters to encoded characters.

The get_encode() method of XML::UM::SlowMapper is called, finally, which generates an anonimous subroutine that uses the hash to convert multi-character UTF-8 blocks to the proper encoding.

dispose_encoding ($encoding_name)

Call this to free the memory used by the SlowMapper for a specific encoding. Note that in order to free the big conversion hash, the user should no longer have references to the subroutines generated by get_encode().

The parameters to the get_encode() method (defined as name/value pairs) are:


I'm not exactly sure about which Unicode characters in the range (0 .. 127) should be mapped to themselves. See comments in XML/ near %DEFAULT_ASCII_MAPPINGS.

The encodings that expat supports by default are currently not supported, (e.g. UTF-16, ISO-8859-1), because there are no .enc files available for these encodings. This module needs some more work. If you have the time, please help!


Send bug reports, hints, tips, suggestions to Enno Derksen at <>.