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Posted on 2004-09-08
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Hi Guys,

Whenever I have a problem I can think of only this forum.
The problem that I have here is somthing to do with the special characters, I have an asp page posting an XML file stored as a string in a textbox object, and I do request.form("txtbox")  in another asp page to retrieve the value posted from that page, the XML file which is a string in the textbox has some special charactered words(for example portugese words like Acessórios, here "o" has an accent mark ), request.form("txtbox") gives me such words with junk chars meaning, "Acessórios" is shown as "Acess&165rios" etc, I have tried htmlencode,urlencode and other stuff, but to no avail, can somebody suggest me something here please.

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Harish
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by:huji
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Well hard to say before seeing the code, but you can normally aviod these by selecting an appropriate charset for your output file, and a good LCID for the session.
If that's too brief, or you can't understand it, let me know, and I'll give you the details.
Wish I can help
Huji
PS:We solved another question here, about Arabic characters (awfully harder than your case in one point of view ;o) ) and it worked. Try by starting with changint the charset to UTF-8 and the LCID to the appropriate..
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by:harishsc
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Thanks, I tried changing the charset but did not work, but whatz this LCID, how do I do that.
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Well, LCID stands for Locale ID. In simple words, this is the language that the ASP will be use as default in its actions...
You can set an LCID this way:
Session.LCID = <locale number>
For example:
Session.LCID = 2070           ' for Portuguese - Portugal (not Brazil)
Here is a list: http://www.juicystudio.com/tutorial/asp/lcid.asp
Wish I can help
Huji
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And to check the idea out, I recommend this:
Create a page with a simple form (action = same page), with a text box and a submit button. Type somthing with those special chars in the text field, and submit, then see how it appears in the querysting above there in the address bar.. tell me how it is.
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