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Unable to read charset using java.net.URLConnection

Rudy B Baylor

Joined: Oct 02, 2007
Posts: 6
Using java.net package, I am trying to read a html page, which has Content-Type as

Now it is very critical for me to be able to read the charset which is mentioned in tag above.

Using urlConnection.getContentType(), urlConnection.getHeaderField("Content-Type") just returns "text/html", which I believe is because the above methods derive value from some other place rather than the <meta> tag shown above.

Is there a way of getting the values of <meta> tags beforehand so that one can determine what charset to use while reading ?.

I need to read a html page and write that to a already initialized response object. For that it is critical for me to determine the encoding of the html file.

Transferring bytes directly from InputStream to response OutputStream, irrespective of encoding, is not working as the response.getWriter() has already been called and hence response.getOutputStream() throws IllegalStateException !!!.

Someone please advise ways to resolve the problem.

Thanks in advance
Joe Ess

Joined: Oct 29, 2001
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