PRB: Error Message: Active Server Pages Error 'ASP 0203' Invalid Code Page

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SYMPTOMS
When you try to use a session.codepage or @codepage directive in an Active Server Pages (ASP) page that is hosted on a Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0 Web server, the following error message may occur:
Active Server Pages error 'ASP 0203'
Invalid Code Page
/ProjectName/PageName.asp, line 1
The specified code page attribute is invalid.
If the ASP page is hosted on a Microsoft Internet Information Services 5.0 Web server, the following error message may occur:
Active Server Pages, ASP 0203 (0x80004005)
The specified code page attribute is invalid
CAUSE
Code pages have been disabled for Internet Information Server 4.0 since Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4 because of truncation issues, which caused characters larger then 2 bytes to be truncated. This created a problem with some double-byte character sets (DBCS), such as Japanese, that have characters that extended beyond 2 bytes in size. In Internet Information Services 5.0, the utf16(1200) and unicodeFFFE(1201) code pages are disabled.

This behavior is by design.
RESOLUTION
To work around this issue, try the following:
  • If you are running Internet Information Server 4.0, upgrade to Internet Information Services 5.0. The following Unicode code pages are valid in Internet Information Services 5.0:
    65000 - utf-7
    65001 - utf-8
  • Instead of using Unicode, develop your Web site to be language-specific by using the appropriate character set in the client HTML. For a complete list of available HTML character sets and ASP code pages, see the following Microsoft Web site:Sample Code:
    <%@ Language=VBScript CODEPAGE=932%><%Session.Codepage=932%><!-- This is for the Japanese code page --><HTML><HEAD><META NAME="GENERATOR" Content="Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0"><META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; CHARSET=shift_jis"></HEAD><BODY></BODY></HTML>					
MORE INFORMATION
Steps to Reproduce Behavior:
  1. Host an ASP page on a computer that is running Internet Information Server 4.0 or Internet Information Services 5.0.
  2. Add the following code to the page:
    <%@ Language=VBScript codepage=1200%><!-- This is for the UTF 16 code page --><HTML><HEAD><META NAME="GENERATOR" Content="Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0"><META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; CHARSET=utf16"></HEAD><BODY></BODY></HTML>					
  3. Save the page, and then view the page in the browser.
REFERENCES
For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
232580 INF: Storing UTF-8 Data in SQL Server
code pages localization international 0203 (0x80004005)
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Article ID: 254313 - Last Review: 02/28/2014 00:31:07 - Revision: 2.3

  • Microsoft Internet Information Services 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Active Server Pages 2.0
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