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From asbachb <>
Subject Re: ServletWebRequest.getServletPath() returns strange values on uris with german umlauts
Date Thu, 27 Jan 2011 16:50:07 GMT

Thanks for you reply.

I checked my clients request to tomcat which shows that the umlauts are
correctly replaced with their enities:


This request should be a valid ASCII request and shouldn't be a problem to

awarnier wrote:
> asbachb wrote:
>> Thank you for you reply.
>> Sorry for expressing me a little vague. I meant that i alread tried both
>> attributes. 
>> My used encoding is UTF-8.
>> Here are the missing sources:
>> Konstantin Kolinko wrote:
>>> 2011/1/27 asbachb <>:
>>>> Like mentioned in the CharacterEncoding FAQs I already setup
>>>> URIEncoding
>>>> and
>>>> useBodyEncodingForURI attribute in my server.xml configuration.
>>> URIEncoding and useBodyEncodingForURI  are alternatives. Do not use
>>> both at the same time.  My understanding of /docs/config/http.html is
>>> that useBodyEncodingForURI overrides URIEncoding. So, what is your
>>> "body encoding" in this case?
> Maybe the first thing to remember is this :
> Section : 2.1 URI and non-ASCII characters
> In other words : a URI /does not/ have any specific encoding, nor is there
> any way in the 
> HTTP protocol of specifying one.
> So, whatever you do in terms of interpreting this URI, depends on an
> agreement between the 
> client and the server.
> /If/ you can be sure that all the cients accessing your application will
> always encode the 
> URI of their request using charset/encoding XYZ, /then/ you can decide to
> decode this URI 
> at the server side using the same charset/encoding.
> And otherwise, well, you have a problem.
> And within the limitations of the current HTTP protocol, that problem
> cannot be solved 
> entirely.
> In other words also, the Tomcat attributes useBodyEncodingForURI and
> URIEncoding are a way 
> for you to influence how the server side will decode the URI's, but they
> cannot do 
> anything about how the clients are encoding them.
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