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From "Boris Althaus" <>
Subject Re: [SUMMARY] Encoding form data
Date Mon, 28 Oct 2002 13:59:16 GMT

If somebody implements the database-actions like in the cocoon-example(2.03) http://localhost:8080/cocoon/forms/employee
it is 
possible to include the set-encoding action into the <map:action-sets/>-section instead
of including it into every pipeline.

fragment from cocoon/sitemap.xmap with the additional map:act-element
  <map:action-set name="employee">
   <map:act type="set-encoding">
    <map:parameter name="form-encoding" value="UTF-8"/>
   <map:act action="Add" type="add-employee"/>
   <map:act action="Delete" type="del-employee"/>
   <map:act action="Update" type="upd-employee"/>

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bert Van Kets 
  Sent: Monday, October 28, 2002 1:48 PM
  Subject: [SUMMARY] Encoding form data

  Cocoon does not support non-US characters when posting data to the server.
  Characters like รจ (e accent grave) are translated to two strange characters 
  when  checking the posted data.
  iso-8859-1 is the default encoding for Cocoon and it does support all 
  necessary West European characters (thanks to Bruno for pointing this 
  out).  You can find out more on iso-8859-1 on
  If you need support for other characters you will need to replace 
  iso-8859-1 with UTF-8 which has Unicode support.  More on UTF can be found 

  When you create a webform and post to a pipeline that has a request 
  generator and an XML serializer you will see that posted data is not 
  correctly presented.  To correct this you need to add the 
  request.setCharacterEncoding method to set the encoding for the request 
  data.  This method is captured in the setCharacterEncodignAction action.

  To use it simply add

  <map:action name="set-encoding" 

  to the action component block

  Then add this at the beginning of every pipeline that catches requested 
  non-ASCII data

           <map:act type="set-encoding">
             <map:parameter name="form-encoding" value="iso-8859-1"/>

  Of course you need to replace "iso-8859-1" with "UTF-8" if you need to use 
  that encoding.

  Another important thing is that you must make sure the data is sent out to 
  the browser with the correct encoding in the first place.  To achieve this 
  add the encoding to the XML and the (x)html serializers.

  <map:serializer mime-type="text/html" name="html" 
  src="org.apache.cocoon.serialization.HTMLSerializer" pool-grow="4" 
  pool-max="32" pool-min="4" logger="sitemap.serializer.html">

  This should do it!

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