[jdom-interest] encoding problem converting XML document to string

William Krick wkrick at eio-online.com
Wed Nov 5 12:50:56 PST 2003

First off, I'm not sure what version of JDOM I am using.  It's the version
that comes with JBuilder9.  It would be convenient if you could double click
on the JDOM jar and have it pop up a window with version info.  I've seen
this done with other libraries (J2PrinterWorks comes to mind).

My current platform is Windows if it matters.

I have a method that converts an XML document to a string...

  public static String docToString(Document doc) {
    // build a string from an XML document
    XMLOutputter outputter = new XMLOutputter("",false);
    String xml = null;
    try {
      xml = outputter.outputString(doc);
    catch (IOException ex) {
    return xml;

I have code that reads in an XML file using a fileInputStream
and SAXBuilder to create a Document object.

In case it matters, my XML file is indented with two space indents and 0D 0A
(carrige return, linefeed) newlines after each line.

Then I call my method above to convert it into a string.

The resulting string looks like this...

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><NYPA>\u000a  <NUMVEHICLES>1   etc...

Why are my CRLF being replaced with "\u000a" and two spaces?

Why is there any whitespace at all in the output?


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