Including spaces/html entities in JSF component output.

Rather a silly problem but a problem nevertheless, including html entities as spaces special charactes etc… causes them to be escaped by the jsf.

So something like getSpacedName(){return "Hello   world";} will be outputed in the pages exactly as we have entered in out method above. On regulat h:outputText we can use ‘escape’ attribute and set it to false and get what we desire but with other components that output a dropdown or something where formating is in need thats not possible.

Solution is to use the Unicode characters

  String space  = "\u00a0";
  return String.format("Hello%s%s%%sworld",space, space, space);

I know that we should not be doing crazy things like this in our backingbeans but when you have to you have to.

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