Hi Ashish,

If you have enough control over your XML generation, Thorbjrøn's suggestion makes sense and should pretty much work anywhere.

AFAIK, CCSID is a double byte (only) set, so the triple bytes you see are, I believe, artifacts of UTF-8 encoding. That occurs at hex values above 07FF. So, you could change the encoding to UTF-16. But that's only part of the story. Other parts are the encoding you use to save the file and the tool you use to read it.

I ran into an issue the other day that gave me fits and renewed my appreciation of what Java does for you. It was pretty simple: a straightforward HTML error page for Apache that included French. I got the famous boxes and question marks, even though I specified encoding in UTF-8. The base problem was that Windows WordPad defaulted to system encoding (1252 I think.) I tried saving as Unicode, but WordPad uses BOM and the browsers didn't like it. I could have found a tool that would save it properly, but people down the road might not have it, so I owned up to my red face and changed the encoding to ISO 8859-1, which worked for the French characters. With Java in between, I never would have seen the issue at all.

So, I believe the moral is: if you're using other than default encoding on your box, be sure the tools you use are capable of saving and reading the encodings. HTH,

Joe Sam

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Ashish Kulkarni" <kulkarni_ash1312@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <java400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 10:05 AM
Subject: XML file and Japanese characters

Has any one worked with creating a XML file from database which has Japanese database which has 3 byte characters.
The AS400 file is created with CCSID 5026, i need to get data from this file and create XML file, which will be send to other program
Currently the issue is when i create XML file with UTF-8 these japanese characters become some thing unreadable
So how do i convert these characters to readable UTF-8? or do i have to create XML file with some other encoding.
Any ideas, has anyone worked with project where you are need to get data from non English database into a XML file


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