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character decoding

character decoding

I'm receiving data through a socket....

socket = new Socket(server, port);
in = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(socket.getInputStream()));

This is coming from a remote server that I don't control.
Special characters are encoded, and if I print them out to the console they appear as diamond question marks.  

If I telnet to the server and view the data it appears strange:
If I tell the server to send me 棥¿ÄÅüÇ, it displays in a telnet session as 棥¿Ã

What can I do to make these special characters show up correctly?


RE: character decoding


What can I do to make these special characters show up correctly?
Use the same characterset to display them, as the server used to encode them with? Ask the developer/admin of the server app what characterset is to be expected.

RE: character decoding

I found out that certain data is sent UTF8 encoded, and other data is not.  

I know how to do this:

Charset charset = Charset.forName("UTF-8");
CharsetDecoder decoder = charset.newDecoder();
socket = new Socket(server, port);
in = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(socket.getInputStream(), decoder));

This works fine for the UTF-8 encoded bytes.

But the problem is, when the non-utf8 bytes comes through, and it contains weird chars, I get this:

java.nio.charset.MalformedInputException: Input length = 1
Exited whiel loop
    at java.nio.charset.CoderResult.throwException(Unknown Source)
    at sun.nio.cs.StreamDecoder.implRead(Unknown Source)
    at Source)
    at Source)
    at Source)
    at Source)
    at Source)
    at chatfoo.ClientCode.receive(
    at chatfoo.ClientCode.connect(
    at Source)

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