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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 9678] New: - UTF-8 pages are being transcoded so that old browsers break.
Date Thu, 06 Jun 2002 22:12:30 GMT
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UTF-8 pages are being transcoded so that old browsers break.

           Summary: UTF-8 pages are being transcoded so that old browsers
                    break.
           Product: Apache httpd-1.3
           Version: 1.3.24
          Platform: Other
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Major
          Priority: Other
         Component: mod_proxy
        AssignedTo: bugs@httpd.apache.org
        ReportedBy: martin@cwa.co.nz


After upgrading our reverse proxy to 1.3.24 (from 1.3.20) we found that the
following clients:

 - lynx (tested 2.8.3rel.1)
 - netscape 4.7x and 3.x (mac and win)
 - IE 6 (unconfirmed)

find random char sequences inserted in the html. The char sequences are 3
characters long ("ee4", "eb3"). We believe this to be an issue with the HTTP
libraries at the client side getting confused with the UTF8 encoded stream.

All our pages are being sent with "Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8"

Many clients work properly:
 - IE 4,5,6 (although we have some unconformed reports from users of IE6 that
were behind a squid proxy)
 - Mozilla 1.0RC1 1.0RC2 (mac/win/linux)
 - Perl's LWP libraries (this problem has fooled GET, our favourite HTTP
debugging tool). 

Downgrading to 1.3.20 solves the issue. 

We have been able to reproduce it just with 
 - ProxyPass
 - ProxypassReverse
so it does not seem to be related to particular settings.

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