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Reading mixed language content from a resource

Hello all,

I have a resource 'res' and I want to read its contents. I've written the following code to do this.

StringBuffer sb = new StringBuffer();
IContent con = res.getUnfilteredContent();
int len = (int)con.getContentLength();// It's a small resource
byte[] bArray = new byte[len];
InputStream is = con.getInputStream();, 0, len);
for(int i=0;i<bArray.length;i++)
  sb.append((char)(bArray<i> & 0xFF));
return sb.toString();

This reads English fine but my resource has English and another language which comes back as garbage.

It's an XML Form that I'm reading and I'm trying to grab a specific element, an image link. The path is mixed language.

Any ideas what I can do to solve this?



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    Posted on May 26, 2005 at 09:51 AM

    Hi Patrick,

    this could be an encoding issue. Other languages like German could contain umlauts that can mess up your content.

    Try the following code

    ByteArrayOutputStream bos = new ByteArrayOutputStream();

    InputStream input = aContent.getInputStream();

    while((b = > 0 ) {



    if (aContent.getEncoding() != null)

    result = new String(bos.toByteArray( aContent.getEncoding());


    result = new String(bos.toByteArray());

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    • Former Member

      Frank, thankyou!

      bos.toByteArray() doesn't take an encoding String, but bos.toString() can. So I changed the line

      result = new String(bos.toByteArray(aContent.getEncoding());


      result = bos.toString(con.getEncoding());

      I haven't been able to award points all day, perhaps the service is under maintenance (I also owe Detlev points from this morning). I'll keep checking back until I can award you the 10 points.

      Thanks again Frank,


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