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From Suresh Janardhanan <>
Subject Axis client CDATA XML in a string request
Date Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:32:01 GMT

I'll try to start from the beginning and explain what I am trying to
achieve as you suggested.
I generated a web service client for a .NET Target web service using Apache
Here is a snippet of the .Net WSDL.
<wsdl:message name="RetrieveByParameterSoapIn">
<wsdl:part name="sKey" type="s:string" />
<wsdl:part name="sIDTypeID" type="s:string" />
<wsdl:part name="sID" type="s:string" />
<wsdl:part name="sXmlParameters" type="s:string" />
The Target expects an XML string to be set in "sXmlParameters", something
like this -


Since it is a "string type", Axis client is converting the characters - <
and >

So, the request looks like this -

[main] DEBUG httpclient.wire.content  - >> "<?xml version='1.0'
encoding='UTF-8'?><soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenv=""><soapenv:Body><ns1:RetrieveByParameter

My objective is to send the XML string inside "sXmlParameters" as is
without the <, > getting converted.

So I tried these steps.

1. I thought by adding -,
it would the issue. But you pointed out that since it is character data
this won't work.

2. I tried changing the "sXmlParameters" type in the wsdl, but that
resulted in com.ctc.wstx.exc.WstxUnexpectedCharException.

changed sXmlParameters type=s:string to xmlStingType as shown below.


            <xsd:schema xmlns:xsd=""


                  <xsd:complexType name="xmlStringType">


                              <xsd:any xmlns:xsd=""/>





<wsdl:part name="sXmlParameters" type="tns:xmlStringType" />

Code Snippet:

XmlStringType xmlStrType = *new* XmlStringType();

      OMElement element = AXIOMUtil.*stringToOM*(xmlParameters);


Stack Trace:

Caused by:
com.ctc.wstx.exc.WstxUnexpectedCharException: Unexpected character 'C'
(code 67) (CDATA not allowed in prolog/epilog)

at [row,col {unknown-source}]: [1,3]

  Stack Trace:

Any help is much appreciated.



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