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Platform SDK: IIS SDK
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The Charset property appends the name of the character set (for example, ISO-LATIN-7) to the content-type header in the Response object.




A string that specifies a character set for the page. The character set name is appended to the content-type header in the Response object.


This property inserts any string in the header, regardless of whether it represents a valid character set.

If a single page contains multiple tags containing Response.Charset, each Response.Charset replaces the previous CharsetName. As a result, the character set is set to the value specified by the last instance of Response.Charset in the page.

If the codepage of your Web page matches the system defaults of the Web client, you do not need to set a codepage in your Web page. However, setting a codepage is recommended.

If the codepage is set by using Response.CodePage, Session.CodePage, @CodePage, or the AspCodePage metabase property, Response.Charset should also be used. The codepage value specifies to IIS how to encode the data when building the response. The Charset value specifies to the browser how to decode the data when displaying the response. The CharsetName of Response.Charset must match the codepage value or mixed characters are displayed in the browser. Lists of CharsetNames and matching codepage values can be found on MSDN Web Workshop under the columns for Preferred Charset Label and FamilyCodePage.

If you are writing and testing Web pages that use different codepages and character sets (for example, if you were creating a multilingual Web site), remember that your test client computer must have the language packs installed for each language you want to display. You can install language packs from Regional Options in the Control Panel.


For an ASP page that did not include the Response.Charset property, the content-type header would be as follows:


If the same .asp file included the following code:

<% Response.Charset=index.html "ISO-LATIN-7" %>

The content-type header would be as follows:

content-type:text/html; charset=ISO-LATIN-7

Applies To

Response Object

See Also


Platforms: Windows 2000 with IIS 5.0 installed, Windows XP with IIS 5.1 installed, Windows Server 2003 family with IIS 6.0 installed

Platform SDK Release: February 2003
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