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sawan parihar
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Joined: Aug 24, 2004
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In my web application I have to remove the special characters user may enter. If the user enters any special character I want to remove it. One way I can imagine is through javascript . But this will require changing all the jsp pages which is going to be a mess. That is why I am planning to write a filter. Can anybody suggest me what is the better approach and if the filter approach is right then how can I remove the special characters in filter. . Your help is highly appreciated.



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Sarath Mohan
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Joined: Mar 17, 2001
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Filter is a good option. You can pre process request. If user enters space and space or + or & it may be sent as different characters to the server. So how do you catch the value of attribute name=first name. It will be sent as first+name. Now if user enter first na+me how do we interpret first+na+me which is coming to server?

I feel you have to user Url encoding at client and decoding at the filter in each text field user enters if java script is not viable.

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