HTML Encoding Changer

HTML Encoding Changer


Disclaimer

This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project, and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

Windows 95/98/ME/NT/W2K/XP/W2K3 does does not have tools for editing Unicode files, however, that is the ideal format for posting HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) files on the web that contain accented letters or other special glyphs. What we need is a Java utility that will run on any platform that will interconvert HTML files encoded in any of the following ways: There is a little more to it that just converting characters with Java’s automatic encoding mechanism. You must also deal with: It is probably easiest to translate everything via 16-bit Unicode. You might cannibalise some of the translate tables from the Quoter Amanuensis. To do the I/O ask the File I/O Amanuensis for sample code.
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