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    Default Apache change US-ASCII to UTF-8

    I have a website that I am trying to get an xml file to parse correctly to an email message. I need to have this xml file in UTF-8 encoding but it appears no matter what I try it still show up as US-ASCII. I am using the to validate and this is the message I get.
    Warning: text/* type without a charset parameter seen. Defaulting to US-ASCII per section 3.1 of RFC 3023.
    Fatal Error: Input data does not conform to the input encoding. The input encoding was us-ascii.

    I create an .htaccess file with this inside but that still doesn't appear to help.'
    AddDefaultCharset utf-8
    IndexOptions +Charset=UTF-8
    AddCharset utf-8 .html .xml

    I have spent well over 4 hours trying to figure out what I need to do in order to get Apache to show this file as UTF-8 and not the ASCII format it appears to be using. What am I missing or what else do I need to do so this virtual host web directory or xml files are seen as UTF-8?


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    Default Re: Apache change US-ASCII to UTF-8

    I run openSUSE 31.1, but naybe this helps.

    As IMHO UTF-8 should bb the only charaset set used in all places, specialy my web site, I have:
    AddDefaultCharset utf-8
    as in fact the fisrst statements in my default-server.conf.

    I also have in each page (might be superfluous):
    HTML Code:
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=UTF-8">
    Also, when I use vi on my HTML files, vi reports:
    --- Opties ---
      filetype=html     nomodeline            showmatch           ttyfast
      helplang=nl         ruler               syntax=html         ttymouse=xterm2
    Browsers report as their conclusion that the encoding is UTF-8.
    So this seems to work here.

    While this mainly is about the meta data about the file (which encoding it is in), please remind that a file containing only US-ASCII characters is as well a valid ASCII file as well as a valid UTF-8 file.
    Last edited by hcvv; 15-Aug-2016 at 08:23.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Apache change US-ASCII to UTF-8

    Thanks for this information. It has been ages since I've messed with Apache on this level but realized that my .htaccess file wasn't being read since I had AllowOverride set to None. Silly me!.

    It is working now.

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