I am creating a SLD file and uploading it though the REST API using C#. This SLD file contains some danish characters, but the end result turns out bad. For a test I save the xml file to disk before sending it.

Here is my code

WebResponse response = null;
WebRequest request = null;

request = WebRequest.Create(sldUrl);
request.Credentials = new NetworkCredential(_userName, _password);
request.ContentType = "application/vnd.ogc.sld+xml";
request.Method = "PUT";


byte[] buffer = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(sldDocument.ToString());
Stream reqstr = request.GetRequestStream();
reqstr.Write(buffer, 0, buffer.Length);

response = request.GetResponse();


The local file contains this


But in the SLD file on the server it looks like this


I tried reading the stream as Unicode but that gives me this error

org.xml.sax.SAXParseException; lineNumber: 1; columnNumber: 2; The markup in the document preceding the root element must be well-formed.

Im running geoserver 2.7 on a windows machine

  • The second error is usually what you see if you have a BOM character set. Have you set the UTF-8 encoding with <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>? – Ian Turton Jun 2 '15 at 15:25
  • Yes I have set that. – Jepzen Jun 3 '15 at 6:21
  • Then make sure bom is turned off on your editor – Ian Turton Jun 3 '15 at 13:57

I made it work with changing the encoding to ISO-8859-1

byte[] buffer = Encoding.GetEncoding("ISO-8859-1").GetBytes(sldDocument.ToString());

Not sure why but it works..


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