We are migrating our Tridion platform from Tridion 2011 SP1 HR2 to Tridion 2013 SP1 HR1. The Content Delivery (Deployer, Web Service, etc...) is installed as a Java Web Application.

With Tridion 2011, we had to configure the Tomcat server with the following java parameter "-Dfile.encoding=UTF8" to make the deployer able to process UTF-8 encoded files during the publication (Chinese characters for ex).

But with Tridion 2013 SP1 it seems that the default encoding of Component Presentations in the Broker db has changed to UTF-16 (See Component Presentations in SQL 2012 DB shows up as a different encoding with 2013)

My question : Is this parameter still needed ? Do we have to update it to "UTF16" with Tridion 2013 SP1 ?

EDIT: Yes I know UTF8 is enough for Chinese or other languages. It was working well on our Tridion 2011 SP1 env and I know how to set the encoding on the publication target. My question is more linked to the migration it-self. When I have a look at CPs in the DB, "original" one's are still in a "readable" format. But those I've republished since Tridion 2013 migration are now in a "weird chinese like" format.

Ex :

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I don't see a reason for you to change this to UTF-16 since UTF-8 is working fine for your current application. The default setting for UTF-16 is most probably to accommodate those few special characters which does not get fit in UTF-8.

So, if all characters in your exiting website are satisfied by UTF-8, there is no need to change this setting.

  • I'm concerned about the data migration from Tridion 2011 to Tridion 2013. The storage of CPs has changed and republished Dynamic CPs seem to be stored in another encoding than original DCPs. Commented Mar 2, 2016 at 9:43
  • The API deals with this.
    – Nuno Linhares
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 10:14

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