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From "Nathan Hook" <>
Subject RE: utf-8 encoding problem
Date Wed, 15 Aug 2007 16:50:10 GMT
A few things...

First, what type of apostrophe are you using?  Are you using a typical ascii 
apostrophe (') or are you using the Microsoft slanted apostrophe that comes 
out of word documents (&#8242;)?

Here are two links that describe the problem:

Now after reading that you're still having issues, then here is what needs 
to be done to get utf-8 encoding to work.

If you're using mod_jk make sure that the ajp connector is set up to encode 
using utf-8 like so:

<Connector port="8009" enableLookups="false" redirectPort="8443" 
protocol="AJP/1.3" URIEncoding="UTF-8" />

Next, make sure that the request AND response have been set to use utf 
encoding.  The request MUST have its character encoding set BEFORE any 
request parameters are requested or the request will default to the machines 
character encoding.

public class ContentTypeFilter implements Filter
  private static org.apache.log4j.Logger log = 

  public void init(FilterConfig config)

  public void destroy()

  public void doFilter(ServletRequest request, ServletResponse response, 
FilterChain filterChain) throws IOException, ServletException
     request = (HttpServletRequest)request;


     filterChain.doFilter(request, response);

Finally, I would also set the meta header on the jsp page to be utf-8 just 
to be complete...

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8" >


----Original Message Follows----
From: Joseph S <>
Reply-To: "Tomcat Users List" <>
To: Tomcat Users List <>
Subject: utf-8 encoding problem
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 22:24:28 -0400

My problem is this:

One of my pages with an apostrophe was not displaying properly, so I added 
to my jsp:

<%@ page contentType="text/html; charset=UTF-8"%>

When I did that my content displayed correctly, but on form submission it 
got corrupted.

You can view the problem here:

One page displays correctly, but on submit the value gets mangled.  The 
other page doesn't display correctly, but if you cut and paste into the form 
from the first page the apostrophe does come out correctly on submit.

This happens in both firefox and konqueror.  So who is to blame here? The 
web browsers?  Tomcat?  Apache?

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