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OK sorry I didn't know that.

The problem is that this encoded string isn't recognized anymore by the server where the XML came from when I send it back for a second request. But like I said, I solved it using javascript. It's not pretty, but it works.


"Michael Kay" <michael.h.kay@ntlworld.com>

29/10/2003 05:00 PM
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RE: [xml-dev] Problem: special characters replaced by different encoding in HREF

XSLT questions are best asked on the xsl-list at mulberrytech.com.
It looks as if your XSLT processor is behaving correctly. You haven't said why you consider this correct behavior to be a problem: what can't you do with the HTML output that you would like to do?
Michael Kay
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nicolas.m@eurorscg.be [mailto:nicolas.m@eurorscg.be]
29 October 2003 08:19
[xml-dev] Problem: special characters replaced by different encoding in HREF


This is my HTML end result:

       <a href=""content_recherche2.asp?p00=S%C3%A9rieyx," Herv%C3%A9">Sérieyx, Hervé</a>

As you can see I am using special (french in this case) characters. For some reason the character "é"  or "%E9" is replaced by "%C3%A9". This is the XSL code:

       <xsl:for-each select="contributor">

               <xsl:variable name="contributor_name" select="@name"/>        

               <a href=""content_recherche2.asp?p00={$contributor_name}"><xsl:value-of" select="$contributor_name"/></a> <br />        


The encoding is right when it is simply printed on screen but different when used in the HREF tag. I'm assuming special characters are forbidden in URL's and therefor replaced by unicode (?) characters. However I have no idea how to revert them to their original encoding.

The header in my XSL is

       <xsl:output method="html" encoding="iso-8859-1"/>

I've tried setting it to UTF-8 but that didn't change anything. The header in the XML is

       <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no" ?>

Thanks in advance,



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