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From "Gary Gregory (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (CODEC-58) Character set used by Base64 not documented
Date Sat, 18 Jul 2009 01:20:14 GMT


Gary Gregory commented on CODEC-58:

Patch applied with changes and I hope improvements! Instead of documenting the URL safe methods
in the constructors, I've added mention of the settings available through constructors and
made the constructor docs consistent.

> Character set used by Base64 not documented
> -------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CODEC-58
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Codec
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
>            Reporter: Pepijn Schmitz
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 1.x
>         Attachments: codec58.patch
> The Javadoc for the Base64 class does not document which character set is returned by
encode() and expected by decode(). The RFC specifies "characters", not "bytes" as the result
of the encoding, and yet Base64 returns bytes. It should provide complete information as to
how to convert these bytes to and from Strings. I assume the character set used is ASCII,
but that should be made explicit in the Javadoc.

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