Presenting Non ASCII Characters in HTML Documents

This section provides a tutorial example on how to present non-ASCII characters in HTML documents and rules to ensure them being display correctly on Web browsers.

In order to ensure non ASCII characters entered in JSP files to show up on browser screens correctly, we need to understand how non ASCII characters are processed from one step to the other. Processing steps can be grouped into two parts:

First, let's look at the second part to see how non ASCII characters are stored in HTML documents, transferred from Web servers to browsers, displayed on the screen. Here are some basic rules related to these steps:

In order to test these rules, I translated my HelpASCII.html to Chinese with GB2312 encoding schema, and saved in a file called, HelpGB2312.html:

<!-- HelpGB2312.html
 - Copyright (c) 2012,, All Rights Reserved.
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=gb2312"/>

You may have trouble read this file on this page, or copy it to your local system, because it contains non ASCII characters. Bellow is the same file in hex number format. You can use it to fix or regenerate HelpGB2312.html.


When I opened HelpGB2312.html with IE (Internet Explorer), I saw Chinese characters correctly displayed on the screen. I verified my IE encoding settings, View menu and Encoding command, it has "Auto-select" checked, and Chinese Simplified (GB2312) selected. I also verified my IE font settings, Tools menu, Internet Options command, and Fonts button, it has fonts installed for Chinese Simplified language.

When I changed my IE encoding setting to another encoding, like UTF-8, I got strange characters showing up on the screen, because I forced IE to decode my GB2312 encoded document with UTF-8 encoding schema.

Last update: 2012.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 JSP (JavaServer Pages) Overview

 Tomcat 7 Installation on Windows Systems

 JSP Scripting Elements

 Java Servlet Introduction

 JSP Implicit Objects

 Syntax of JSP Pages and JSP Documents

 JSP Application Session

 Managing Cookies in JSP Pages

 JavaBean Objects and "useBean" Action Elements

 Managing HTTP Response Header Lines

Non-ASCII Characters Support in JSP Pages

 Characters Traveling from JSP Files to Browser Screens

 Handling ASCII Characters in JSP Pages

Presenting Non ASCII Characters in HTML Documents

 Entering Non ASCII Characters in JSP Pages

 Java Strings as non-Unicode Encoded Byte Sequences

 Java Strings as Unicode Encoded Byte Sequences

 Entering Non-ASCII Characters as Static Text

 Static HTML Text in HTML Page

 Static HTML Text in JSP Page in Standard Syntax

 Static HTML Text in JSP Page in XML Syntax

 Supporting Characters in Multiple Languages

 Performance of JSP Pages

 EL (Expression Language)

 Overview of JSTL (JSP Standard Tag Libraries)

 JSTL Core Library

 JSP Custom Tags

 JSP Java Tag Interface

 Custom Tag Attributes

 Multiple Tags Working Together

 File Upload Test Application

 Outdated Tutorials


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