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From Patrick Duflot <>
Subject Re: Overriding charset
Date Tue, 12 Oct 2010 11:21:53 GMT
Late reply, but perhaps still useful...

I remember having trouble with UTF-8 and the guththilla parser that comes
with axis 1.6.
I took the latest version of the guththilla parser from axis2c svn and I can
send and receive russian characters (maybe, you can also try the libxml
parser integration, it should handle UTF-8 properly as well). Of course, you
have to decode them to match the encoding you are using inide your client

To send german characters Ä,Ü,Ö. You have to encode them to UTF-8 (which is
axis2c default encoding and the most popular character encoding for
webservices). Though axis2c is very permissive with character encoding, it
can alter the communication with other frameworks.



On Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 3:54 PM, Martin Benedix <>wrote:

> Hi Martin, Hi List.
> I would like bump this mail up again, because I have nearly
> the same problem. Special characters like the german Ä,Ü,Ö
> are somehow affecting the tcp communication between service
> and client. Which leads to the general question:
> How can the char set encoding of a soap transmission
> be altered?
> Thanks in advance and best regards
> Martin Benedix
> Am 14.01.2010 17:26, schrieb Martin Voelkle:
>  Hi list,
>> I am writing a service client using Axis2/C 1.6 (win32 binary
>> distribution) and WSDL2C, but I have a few issues:
>> I am only sending numerical values, but the reply contains text nodes
>> with non-ASCII characters. When the reply is deserialized in the
>> generated code, the first element containing non-ASCII chars is empty
>> and any following element is missing, a bit like the description in
>> issue AXIS2C-1265.
>> Looking through tcpmon, I see that both the request and the reply are
>> UTF8, so I first tried to change this with the following code:
>>        axis2_options_t* options = axis2_stub_get_options(stub, env);
>>        axutil_property_t* charset = axutil_property_create(env);
>>        axutil_property_set_value(charset, env, "Windows-1252");
>>        axis2_options_set_property(options, env, "CHARACTER_SET_ENCODING",
>> charset);
>> and:
>>        axis2_options_set_property(options, env, "CHARACTER_SET_ENCODING",
>> "Windows-1252");
>> But none of these have any effect on the outgoing message or the reply
>> deserialization (I also tried ISO-8859-1).
>> I tried to set the Accept-Charset HTTP header using
>> axis2_options_set_http_headers, which is sent correctly, but the
>> service still replies using UTF-8.
>> I added a Content-Type HTTP header
>> (application/soap+xml;charset=Windows-1252;action="urn:action") and
>> the service finally replied using a Windows-1252 charset. This has 2
>> problems:
>> - the Content-Type HTTP header is sent twice, once set by me (with the
>> Windows-1252 charset) and once set by Axis2/C (with the UTF-8
>> charset). I guess that I am lucky that my header is sent first.
>> - the original problem is not solved, as the deserialization still has
>> the same bug as with UTF-8!
>> Is there an other way to override the outgoing charset?
>> Is there a way to receive non-ASCII characters?
>> Thank you,
>> Martin Voelkle
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