Webservices & Babelfish Error

Posted on 2006-11-14
Last Modified: 2013-12-24
I'm just starting to play around with webservices and an AJAX call to a cfc and have run into an issue with babelfish which appears to be a bug with the service but I'm wondering if it's an issue with something i'm doing wrong

This bit works
<cfset transstring = "My text. To provide many people an opportunity to try some food and have some fun. Those with ears will like it too. Another friend wanted some things and I"

<cfset transstring = "My text. To provide many people an opportunity to try some food and have some fun. Those with ears will like it too. Another friend wanted some things and I thought"

fails because the first occurrence of an accent character returned is in pensé the translation of the last word "thought".

length of the text doesn't seem to matter

<cfset transstring = "i would like to go swimming in the pool"> works

<cfset transstring = "i would like to go swimming in the summer"> fails (été)  

the error returned is

"    Could not perform web service invocation "BabelFish".
 Here is the fault returned when invoking the web service operation:


 faultCode: {}Server.userException
 faultString: Invalid byte 2 of 3-byte UTF-8 sequence.
      {} Invalid byte 2 of 3-byte UTF-8 sequence.
      at Source)
      at Source)
      at org.apache.xerces.impl.XMLEntityScanner.load(Unknown Source)
      at org.apache.xerces.impl.XMLEntityScanner.scanContent(Unknown Source)
      at org.apache.xerces.impl.XMLDocumentFragmentScannerImpl.scanContent(Unknown Source)
      at org.apache.xerces.impl.XMLDocumentFragmentScannerImpl$FragmentContentDispatcher.dispatch(Unknown Source)
      at org.apache.xerces.impl.XMLDocumentFragmentScannerImpl.scanDocument(Unknown Source)
      at org.apache.xerces.parsers.XML11Configuration.parse(Unknown Source)
      at org.apache.xerces.parsers.XML11Configu... </pre>

the code in the cfc is

  webservice = ""
  method = "BabelFish"
  returnVariable = "translated">

<cfinvokeargument name="translationmode" value="en_fr" />
<cfinvokeargument name="sourcedata" value="#transstring#" />

ca anyone replicate this...

anyone have any workarounds if it is a bug...

Question by:SidFishes
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trailblazzyr55 earned 500 total points
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I'm not sure, I tried this myself and got the same error, I also went to a site that used the babel fish web service for sample translation and it choked on the same strings your's had problems with. However I couldn't find anything in relation to setting an encoding so you could return a translation without an error. I have a feeling it's a limit to the web service or at least a free version, haven't used it too much myself to know more or if there's a different version with that fixed...

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Author Comment

ID: 17942719
what i figured...frustrating though as a translation webservice that can't handle characters created by the translation (duh) is somewhat pointless...I'll leave the q open and see if anyone else has ideas.
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Author Comment

ID: 17947257
It's not a bug, it's a feature!  whee...

apparently it works fine when the web service server is running OS/400 but oops...nothing else as there is no appropriate translation step...

ah well...

pts to trail for taking the time to verify

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