[Webtest] Request/response encoding problem

Paul King webtest@lists.canoo.com
Tue, 17 Aug 2004 07:41:40 +1000

Marek Mosiewicz wrote:
> Hello, I repost a message which passed by uncommented, it was sent
> some time ago by my colleague: 
> Is there any way to change response encoding. I sent back to the
> server hidden fields in a form on my page. The whole site is in
> ISO-8859-2 encoding. The server will acccept only ISO-8859-2 URL
> encoded parameters, I can't find way to force canoo to chage encoding.
> Please help .

You can change the character set used for encoding as follows:

<config ...>
   <option name="DefaultCharacterSet" value="ISO-8859-2"/>

The default is "iso-8859-1"; the above would change it to "ISO-8859-2". 
I am not exactly sure whether this is what you need - I never have fully 
worked out when you need to change character set and when you need to 
change encoding; the default for encoding is "UTF-8".

If this doesn't work, you will probably have to patch the encode() 
method in the WebRequest.URLEncodedString class of HttpUnit. It has 
special code for dealing with alternate character sets, but you could 
change it to handle different encoding types using the overloaded 
URLEncoder.encode() method which takes the encoding type as the second 

Also, my experience with setting some options for the config is that 
they sometimes don't work for the first testSpec inside a target, so you 
might want to put a dummy testSpec (with the option as above) ahead of 
your current testSpec steps (to which you would also add the above option).

Cheers, Paul.