Because URLs are not Unicode? (Yes, I know that there are extensions...)
Thanks Christian - I believe that URLs are not ISO-8859-1 either... I have finally found this here in the forum:
"If you are using Tomcat or JBoss all you have to do is [...] set URIEncoding to whatever character encoding you are using for the tomcat Connector in the server.xml.
The default encoding is ISO-8859-1 for Tomcat if not set explicitly.
<Connector port="8080" ... URIEncoding="UTF-8" .../>"
I did that and now I can use my UTF-8 encoded URL parameters directly without conversion from ISO-8859-1 to Unicode.
Can someone please recommend a book that deals with these kind of configurations?