Re: [xml] Adding a build/configure *option* to use ICU converters

Hi Jungshik,

On 26/09/2007, at 09:48, Jungshik Shin wrote:

Some non-Gnome projects on non-Linux platforms use libxml2, but they
also relyon ICU for character encoding conversion in the rest of the
project. They end
up having two sets of character encoding converters,  iconv and ICU
converters, which can increase the download size significantly.

For those projects, it'd be very nice to have a configuration option
in libxml2 that allow them
to use ICU converters rather than libiconv.

I made a preliminary patch and uploaded it to bugzilla ( ).
It works well on Windows, but I haven't yet managed to change so that it has an 'with-icu' option.

Nice work! I've only skimmed over your patch, but it looks very similar to patch in Apple's version of libxml2 that I did a few months ago to have it optionally use ICU rather than iconv. Our motivating reasons were also similar: the download size and memory footprint that having two libraries for character set conversion introduced. Sadly I did not find the time to make our patch available so far, or it could have saved some duplication of effort here.

I wonder what others think about this.  It'd be also nice if somebody
could help me with patching and related files to add
'-with-icu' option.

My patch includes the changes to allow this. I'll send you a copy shortly that you can take the relevant snippet from.

Kind regards,

Mark Rowe

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