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Probably you never had that need, but just in case you want to change the text encoding for a web service response, the one that is inside the XML declaration at the top, from UTF-8 to anything else... well... you cannot do it: that string is hard coded inside the web service runtime.

This post, "Encoding limitations in ASMX", has a comment written by a member of the MS team that worked on that feature:

We decided not to do this feature for 3 reasons:
  1. UTF-8 can represent all Unicode characters
  2. The Xml spec requires that all Xml processors understand UTF-8
  3. We were short for time and there were other interesting features to consider.
We found out later that in the real world #2 just isn't the case. If we'd known that we probably would have made a different decision.

The most interesting is the 3rd reason: "We were short for time"...

This is one of the many situation were some specification are not followed, and software must deal also with "wrong" behaviors..
posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 10:48 PM
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