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Get remote page (url) with foreign characters

Posted on 2004-08-09
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Hi,
I want to get the contents of a remote page (an url like http://www.google.com) into a string variable using asp.
I know i can use the MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP object to "get" a remote file, using the .ResponseText property to read the returning text into a string.
However, this method raises severe problems when the resulting text contains foreign characters like ë or é etc.
Does anyone knows a solution for this ?
(I've read something about reading the return values as binary and converting them to ascii ... how does this work?)

Thanks in advance!
Steffest
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<%@CodePage = 65001
Response.CharSet = "utf-8"
%>
Put the above code in the calling page.  ie the page where you are doing xmlhttppost.It should ideally work. If not then can think of alternatives
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by:Steffest
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Hi Tasneem,

nope, i tried setting it both in the calling page and in the page that is called ....
no results ...

In the mean time I've found a solution that works (more or less)

reading the response as binary data using the .ResponseBody property and converting it to ascii using the function at http://www.motobit.com/tips/detpg_binarytostring.htm

but it's ridiculously slow ....
There's got to be a better solution for this ....
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The above link posted earlier.. is of PHP.. but you can use that solution for your page perhaps.
for general reading
http://www.mezzoblue.com/archives/2003/07/29/html_and_for/
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by:Steffest
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Thanks Tasneem

I had some clarifying reads there.
The problem was indicated very well:

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"Oh, I can just pretend this is UTF-8. This sometimes works, but unfortunately there's not that much pure ASCII left in the world
If there's even one é or smart quotation mark (“ instead of ") in your text, it's probably encoded in ISO-8859 or some Microsoft code page, and will seriously confuse software that thinks it's reading UTF-8, including most XML software."
/quote

Seems that most of the requested url's are not UTF-8 at all, therefore messing up the MSXML2 text parser ...
Problem solved.
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