How do I change the data source encoding of the GetFeatureInfo Request of a WMS-Layer in QGIS 2.18.x/3.x? I can't find any setting to handle the encoding. I need UTF-8 encoding for special characters like 'ä;ö;ü;ß' of a german WMS-Service.

As you can see in the screenshot below, the "Identify Results" shows a wrong charset.

Screenshot WMS identify result

  • is this for the name of the layer? or something else?
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 8:32
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    WMS has no attributes, what do you want to change the encode for? Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 8:33
  • WMS contain images, therefore you don't need to fiddle with any encoding.
    – Erik
    Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 8:49
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    @AlexandreNeto what do you mean "WMS as no attributes"? Assuming you mean "WMS has no attributes", then that is incorrect, the WMS GetFeatureInfo request returns layer attributes.
    – user2856
    Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 9:06
  • @MAP, can you try this ISO 8859-1? It always adjusts my Umlaute and Eszett.
    – Taras
    Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 9:11

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I added a screenshot. I'm not serving the WMS. The identify results are not interpreted in the correct charset like UTF-8 or ISO 8859-1.

The results are returned in text/plain which defaults to us-ascii so I'm not sure it's correct to say the results are not interpreted in the correct charset.

Rather than use text/plain you can retrieve using using text/html and application/vnd.ogc.gml which are likely to have other encodings.

There is no way as far as I know to request a different encoding through a GetFeatureInfo request, so your options are limited.

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