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From "Robin Fernandes (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (ABDERA-251) Charset issue in FOMDiv.getInternalValue() leads to corrupt return value on non-ASCII platforms
Date Wed, 11 Nov 2009 15:25:39 GMT
Charset issue in FOMDiv.getInternalValue() leads to corrupt return value on non-ASCII platforms

                 Key: ABDERA-251
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ABDERA-251
             Project: Abdera
          Issue Type: Bug
    Affects Versions: 0.4.0, 1.0
         Environment: z/OS
            Reporter: Robin Fernandes

In org.apache.abdera.parser.stax.FOMDiv.getInternalValue(), the content of the div is obtained
as a byte array using an XMLStreamWriter.
The content of the byte array is then converted to String using the default platform encoding
(using ByteArrayOutputStream.toString()), which may not be compatible with the encoding used
by the XMLStreamWriter.

A scenario in which this is problematic is if the XMLStreamWriter uses UTF8 (which is the
default behaviour), but FOMDiv.getInternalValue() is invoked on z/OS where the platform encoding
is a flavour EBCDIC. In this situation, the method returns garbage.

Here's a suggested patch which ensures the XMLStreamWriter writes directly to a StringWriter,
so no 'bytes to String' conversion is required in FOMDiv, and therefore no transcoding issues
arise. The patch also remove seemingly unnecessary calls to XMLStreamWriter.writeStartElement()
and XMLStreamWriter.writeEndElement().

Index: parser/src/main/java/org/apache/abdera/parser/stax/FOMDiv.java
--- parser/src/main/java/org/apache/abdera/parser/stax/FOMDiv.java	(revision 834082)
+++ parser/src/main/java/org/apache/abdera/parser/stax/FOMDiv.java	(working copy)
@@ -17,7 +17,7 @@
 package org.apache.abdera.parser.stax;
-import java.io.ByteArrayOutputStream;
+import java.io.StringWriter;
 import java.util.Iterator;
 import javax.xml.namespace.QName;
@@ -143,16 +143,14 @@
   protected String getInternalValue() {
     try {
-      ByteArrayOutputStream out = new ByteArrayOutputStream();
+      StringWriter out = new StringWriter(); 
       XMLStreamWriter writer = 
-      writer.writeStartElement("");
       for (Iterator<?> nodes = this.getChildren(); nodes.hasNext();) {
         OMNode node = (OMNode) nodes.next();
-      writer.writeEndElement();
-      return out.toString().substring(2);
+      return out.getBuffer().toString();
     } catch (Exception e) {}
     return "";

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