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PayPal and umlauts, char encoding

Paul Paulsen
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Joined: Jul 27, 2010
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Hi everybody,
we are using paypal to get payed by our customers.
now we have the problem when there are umlauts (äöü) in the address, the IPN* from paypal is not working, cause this special characters are not converted correctly.

I think the reason it is the charset encoding. the request from paypal is in 'windows-1252' (says the documentation) and tomcat/struts is reading everything as utf8?
When i enter "Sadfasdä" as street name. the request from pp is
'address_street=Sadfasd%E4'
but the getProperty("address_street") gives 'Sadfasd?' so i lost the character.

i tried to the setCharacterEncoding method on the request (both to utf8 and windows1252) > no change
i tried the CharacterEncodingFilter with both char sets. it gets called (i can see it in the stack trace), but when i set the encoding to Windows1252 and later check with getCharacterEncoding() on the request, it still says utf8) > no luck


how can i get this solved?


IPN*:
Instance Payment Notification, a system from payal where shortly after a customer made an transaction, the paypal server sends an http request with some post data(name, address, payment) to our server, so we get notified about this purchase.
 
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