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2508953 - Country/States values in set up job board options appearing in special characters


State values in set up job board options appearing in special characters


SuccessFactors BizX  - Recruiting Management(RCM)

Reproducing the Issue

1. Login to instance

2. Navigate to Admin Centre> Set up job board options> Country and state/province set up values> Custom Select > Search state ‘Haryana’ or any other states having special characters

3. You can see special character in the name of the states like Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Bihar etc. 

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This is an expected behavior as same decoding special characters are displayed in all releases.

These values are not coming from pick list but from message files having UTF-8 encoding used in all the state and country names.

UTF-8 is an ASCII-preserving encoding method for Unicode (ISO 10646), the Universal Character Set (UCS). The UCS encodes most of the world's writing systems in a single character set, allowing you to mix languages and scripts within a document without needing any tricks for switching character sets.

That is the reason, we are seeing the UTF-8 symbols in the country and state names.

For eg:

Tamil Nadu is encoded as Tamil N\u0101du 
Maharashtra as Mah\u0101r\u0101shtra
Haryana as Hary\u0101na


Set up job board options Special charater in states/countries , KBA , LOD-SF-RCM-ADM , Admin Center, RBP, Permissions and Settings , Problem


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