[ic] Call for testers

Peter peter at pajamian.dhs.org
Thu Mar 12 19:15:29 UTC 2009

On 03/12/2009 05:32 AM, David Christensen wrote:
> <snip>
>> One thing which also annoys me is the internal server error caused by
>> non UTF-8 characters:
>> ZobI6Yf4: - [12/March/2009:09:24:20 +0100] ulisses
>> /cgi-bin/ic/ulisses/index Runtime error: Malformed UTF-8 character  
>> (fatal)
>> at /usr/lib/interchange/Vend/Parser.pm line 112.
> What is the text on the index page?  I'm assuming this was in some  
> legacy encoding and that MV_UTF8 was set to 1.  If MV_UTF8 is off,  
> this is a bug that should be addressed, as breaking legacy encodings  
> when MV_UTF8 is off is a Bad Thing.  One of the consequences of  
> setting MV_UTF8 is that it expects all of your pages, etc to be in the  
> utf-8 encoding.

While this is true, I don't think it's right to bring down a website
because a page contains an invalid UTF8 character.  It should be logged
as an error and dealt with as gracefully as possible.  One solution is
to use the Encode module to convert invalid characters to something like
a ? or alternatively to just encode them as (invalid) html entities and
push the problem off to the browser.


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