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From "Michael Allman (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (CXF-2475) When writing XML response, CXF uses request encoding instead of response encoding
Date Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:02:31 GMT


Michael Allman commented on CXF-2475:

I don't understand how this can be the correct behavior.

First, can you tell me what section in what spec states that the character set of the response
should be the same as the character set of the request?  I searched WSI-BP and SOAP 1.2 and
didn't find it.

Now here's why I think this can't be the correct behavior.  Suppose a Web service client sends
an ISO-8859-1 encoded SOAP request to a Web service and the response document is encoded in
UTF-8.  (For example, a client queries a Unicode database.)  If cxf sets the servlet response
encoding to ISO-8859-1 and the response document includes characters outside ISO-8859-1, the
response will be defective.

In my particular case, I have a subclass of CXFNonSpringServlet called DatabaseWebServiceServlet.
 The first thing the invoke method of this class does is set the response encoding to UTF-8
so that I can successfully write a UTF-8 document.  I expect cxf to respect that setting.

Also, on the topic of standards, consider HTTP 1.1.  If the client expects the response to
be encoded in a certain character set, it should specify it in the "Accept-Charset" request
header (see  Otherwise, the
server is free to choose whatever character encoding it wants for the response document.

Anyway, I don't see why the request document character set should be coupled to the response
document character set.  The "Content-Type" is an entity header that tells the recipient the
media type (including charset where applicable) of the entity body (see
 There's nothing in the HTTP 1.1 spec that says this header, when used in a request, specifies
what the response media type or character set should be.

> When writing XML response, CXF uses request encoding instead of response encoding
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CXF-2475
>                 URL:
>             Project: CXF
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Transports
>    Affects Versions: 2.2.4, 2.2.5
>            Reporter: Michael Allman
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: AbstractHTTPDestination.patch
> When writing the SOAP XML response, CXF uses the ServletRequest encoding instead of the
ServletResponse encoding.

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