My apologies, that wasn't posted correctly......
I've looked up all discussions within richfaces pertaining to rich:fileUpload and couldn't find where there was any solution in RF3.3.3 where the rich:fileUpload functionality successfully calls the listener with a populated UploadEvent object where the event.getUploadItem().getData() attribute is null (after posting to the listener). I am using IE7, FF3.6.8, Tomcat 6 on a WinXP machine, RichFaces 3.3.3.Final, JSF1.2, Facelets-1.1.14. I am using the code from the demo website. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
Here is the missing web.xml snippets too...