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I created a simple .properties file with Greek characters in Notepad and saved it as UTF8 file. I ran native2ascii and have the following:

\ufeff
det03.loanAmount \u03a0\u03bf\u03c3\u03cc \u0394\u03b1\u03bd\u03b5\u03af\u03bf\u03c5
det03.interestRate \u0395\u03c4\u03ae\u03c3\u03b9\u03bf \u0395\u03c0\u03b9\u03c4\u03cc\u03ba\u03b9\u03bf (%)
det03.termMonths \u0394\u03b9\u03ac\u03c1\u03ba\u03b5\u03b9\u03b1 \u0394\u03b1\u03bd\u03b5\u03af\u03bf\u03c5 (\u03c3\u03b5 \u03bc\u03ae\u03bd\u03b5\u03c2)
det03.amortization \u0391\u03c0\u03b5\u03b9\u03ba\u03cc\u03bd\u03b9\u03c3\u03b7 \u03c0\u03c1\u03bf\u03b3\u03c1\u03ac\u03bc\u03bc\u03b1\u03c4\u03bf\u03c2 \u03b1\u03c0\u03bf\u03c0\u03bb\u03b7\u03c1\u03c9\u03bc\u03ae\u03c2 \u03b4\u03b1\u03bd\u03b5\u03af\u03bf\u03c5

In my jsp file, I want to output these Greek characters using the bean:message tag like this:

<bean:message key="det03.loanAmount"/>

but all I get are question marks in the html page. ???? ?????????

What am I missing?
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Add the following directive on each JSP -
<%@ page contentType="text/html; charset=UTF-8" pageEncoding=<Specify the greek encoding here> %>
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That suggestion worked, but now I have locale specific code in my jsp pages. I thought Java/Struts provided localization/i18n support without having to add locale specific code?? What happens when I want to use Japanese characters? Seems like with this solution I'd have to add conditional logic in the jsp pages to specify the value of the pageEncoding attribute for each encoding I want to use.

Is there a solution that does not require conditional logic in my code? I am setting the session locale variable based on form values (language and country). I was under the impression from my reading that setting the session locale variable and providing .properties files was all I needed and that the locale-sensitive classes, like the bean tags, would handle everything else properly.
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Try - <%@ page language="java" contentType="text/html;UTF-8" pageEncoding="UTF-8" %>

Donot specify the greek encoding. Check and let me know.

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Much better. Thank you.
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