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Implementing Character Encoding in a Pipeline Component

To support custom character encoding, you must implement a custom encoding class by deriving from the Microsoft .NET Framework Encoding class, then create a custom flat file pipeline component by inheriting from the standard Flat File Disassembler or Flat File Assembler component. You can supply a new encoding instance to the parsing engine by overriding the protected virtual method FFDasmComp.GetDataReader as shown in the following example.

/// <summary>
/// Gets a data reader instance
/// </summary>
/// <param name="dataStream">Data stream</param>
/// <param name="dataEncoding">Data encoding</param>
/// <param name="detectEncodingFromByteOrderMarks">Detect encoding from a byte order mark</param>
/// <returns>IDataReader instance</returns>
      protected override IDataReader GetDataReader(Stream dataStream, Encoding dataEncoding, bool detectEncodingFromByteOrderMarks)
         // Delegate call to the base implementation passing fixed UTF-7 encoding
         return base.GetDataReader(dataStream, new CustomEncoding(), false);

The following encoding types are predefined by the Microsoft .NET Framework and can be used to construct the parser:


  • UTF7

  • UTF8

  • Unicode (UTF16)

XmlReader xr = docspec.Parse(new <MSHelp:link keywords="frlrfmicrosoftbiztalkparsingenginedatareaderclasstopic" TABINDEX="0">DataReader</MSHelp:link>(System.Text.Encoding.UTF8));

Use the following code to support Shift-JIS (codepage 932).

XmlReader xr = docspec.Parse(new <MSHelp:link keywords="frlrfmicrosoftbiztalkparsingenginedatareaderclasstopic" TABINDEX="0">DataReader</MSHelp:link>(System.Text.Encoding.GetEncoding(932)));

You can create your own encoding class that derives from the System.Text.Encoding abstract class and perform your own encoding and decoding.

class MyEncoding : System.Text.Encoding
   // overriding methods omitted

XmlReader xr = docspec.Parser(new <MSHelp:link keywords="frlrfmicrosoftbiztalkparsingenginedatareaderclasstopic" TABINDEX="0">DataReader</MSHelp:link>(new MyEncoding()));

You can create your own DataReader class that implements the IDataReader interface and performs reading without creating any encoding classes.

class MyDataReader : IDataReader
   // Implement data reader functions
   // ...

XmlReader xr = docspec.Parse(new MyDataReader());

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