Tuesday, July 30, 2019

JSON, the Euro symbol and a WE8MSWIN1252 character set database

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Trying to parse a JSON_OBJECT_T string containing the € (euro) character on a WE8MSWIN1252 database returns the following error:
 j json_object_t;
 j := json_object_t.parse('{"currency":"€"}');
ORA-40441: JSON syntax error
ORA-06512: at "SYS.JDOM_T", line 4
ORA-06512: at "SYS.JSON_OBJECT_T", line 86
ORA-06512: at line 10
40441. 00000 -  "JSON syntax error"
*Cause:    The provided JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data had invalid
           syntax and could not be parsed.
*Action:   Provide JSON data with the correct syntax.

The only workaround I found consists in converting € into € before parsing and back after retrieving the JSON value.
The same problem occurs with the Yen symbol ¥ and the Sterling Pound symbol £.

I also made a test on an AL32UTF8 database where everything works smoothly without having to handle these symbols in a special way.

The pleasures of working with an 8-bit database.

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