Missing Tag <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?> in my XML output file

Posted on 2009-07-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
On my web page, a button generates an XML file (on click) whose data comes from SQL server. This XML file output is to be used as an import file to a legacy system. XML file is generated without dramas but the problem is that the tag <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?> is not included on the top of the XMl file, this tag is needed by the recievning application.

I'm practically out of clue as to where or what i missed. Can anyone help me understand and suggest a fix on my problem?

Here is the event on my webpage. And on the snippet is my XSL template...

    Protected Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        Using conn As New Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection(ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings("CENTRIS_SMIConnectionString").ConnectionString)
            Dim cmd As New Data.SqlClient.SqlCommand("SMI_P001_XML_Download", conn)
            cmd.CommandType = Data.CommandType.StoredProcedure
            'Add parameters (NationalUPN) selected from form for WHERE clause
            cmd.Parameters.Add("@NationalUPN", Data.SqlDbType.VarChar)
            cmd.Parameters("@NationalUPN").Value = DropDownList2.SelectedValue.ToString

            'Add parameters (AcademicYear) selected from form for WHERE clause
            cmd.Parameters.Add("@AcademicYear", Data.SqlDbType.Int)
            cmd.Parameters("@AcademicYear").Value = DropDownList3.SelectedValue.ToString

            'Add parameters (SchoolDestination) selected from form for WHERE clause
            cmd.Parameters.Add("@SchoolDest", Data.SqlDbType.Int)
            cmd.Parameters("@SchoolDest").Value = DropDownList1.SelectedValue.ToString

            Dim da As New Data.SqlClient.SqlDataAdapter(cmd)
            Dim ds As New Data.DataSet
            Dim nowString As String = Now.ToString("dd-MM-yyyy")
            Dim fileName As String = "D:\TEMP\000LLL_CTF_SMI_" & nowString & ".xml"
            'Dim fileName As String = "C:\Documents and Settings\jackson.suanque.NTSCHOOLS\Desktop\MySMIStudentTrackerExport_" & nowString & ".xml"
            Dim doc As System.Xml.XmlDataDocument = New System.Xml.XmlDataDocument(ds)
            Dim transform As New System.Xml.Xsl.XslCompiledTransform()
            Dim writer As System.Xml.XmlTextWriter = New System.Xml.XmlTextWriter(fileName, System.Text.Encoding.UTF8)
            writer.Formatting = System.Xml.Formatting.Indented
            writer.Indentation = 2
            transform.Transform(doc, Nothing, writer)
        End Using
    End Sub

<?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes" ?> 

- <xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="" version="1.0">

  <xsl:output method="xml" indent="yes" encoding="ISO-8859-1" omit-xml-declaration="no" /> 

- <xsl:template match="/">

- <CTfile>

  <xsl:call-template name="callHeader" /> 

  <xsl:call-template name="callCTFpupilData" /> 



- <xsl:template name="callHeader">

- <Header>

- <DocumentName>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/DocumentName" /> 


- <CTFversion>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/CTFversion" /> 


- <DateTime>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/DateTime" /> 


- <DocumentQualifier>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/DocumentQualifier" /> 


- <SupplierID>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/SupplierID" /> 


  <xsl:call-template name="callSourceSchool" /> 

  <xsl:call-template name="callDestSchool" /> 



- <xsl:template name="callSourceSchool">

- <SourceSchool>

- <LEA>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/SchoolSourceLEACode" /> 


- <Estab>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/SourceSchoolEstablishmentCode" /> 


- <SchoolName>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/SchoolName" /> 


- <AcademicYear>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/AcademicYear" /> 




- <xsl:template name="callDestSchool">

- <DestSchool>

- <LEA>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/DestLEA" /> 


- <Estab>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/DestEstab" /> 




- <xsl:template name="callCTFpupilData">

- <CTFpupilData>

  <xsl:call-template name="callPupil" /> 



- <xsl:template name="callPupil">

- <Pupil>

- <UPN>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/NationalUPN" /> 


- <Surname>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/LegalSurname" /> 


- <ForeName>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/Firstname" /> 


- <DOB>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/DOB" /> 


- <Gender>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/Sex" /> 


  <xsl:call-template name="callBasicDetails" /> 

  <xsl:call-template name="callAddress" /> 



- <xsl:template name="callBasicDetails">

- <BasicDetails>

- <FormerUPN>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/PreviousNationalUPN" /> 


- <PreferredSurname>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/Surname" /> 


- <PreferredForename>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/OtherNames" /> 


- <NCYearActual>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/NCYearActual" /> 


- <Ethnicity>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/Ethnicity" /> 


- <EthnicitySource>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/EthnicitySource" /> 


  <xsl:call-template name="callLanguages" /> 

- <FSMEligible>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/FSMeligible" /> 


- <MedicalFlag>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/MedicalFlagQualifier" /> 


- <EnrolStatus>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/EnrolStatus" /> 


- <Statemented>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/SENStatemented" /> 




- <xsl:template name="callLanguages">

- <Languages>

- <Type>

- <LanguageQualifier>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/LanguageQualifier" /> 


- <Language>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/Language" /> 





- <xsl:template name="callAddress">

- <Address>

- <AddressLines>

- <Line1>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/AddressLine1" /> 


- <Line2>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/AddressLine2" /> 


- <Line3>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/AddressLine3" /> 


- <Line4>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/Town" /> 


- <Line5>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/County" /> 


- <Postcode>

  <xsl:value-of select="/NewDataSet/Table/PostCode" /> 






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Question by:jsuanque
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Accepted Solution

DelTreme earned 250 total points
ID: 24869655
In this line:

Dim writer As System.Xml.XmlTextWriter = New System.Xml.XmlTextWriter(fileName, System.Text.Encoding.UTF8)

You create a TextWriter using the UTF8 encoding. Try this one instead:

Dim writer As System.Xml.XmlTextWriter = New System.Xml.XmlTextWriter(fileName, System.Text.Encoding.GetEncoding(1252))

That should at least output the data in Latin-1 (ISO-8859-1).

Author Comment

ID: 24874405
Hello DelTreme,

Tried your suggestion but that doesn't work.

Author Comment

ID: 24947225
Found it. I just added ...
in the code and Voila.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31604220
Thanks though it didn't fix my problem immediately but it certainly did guide me where to look for the issue.

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