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Old 2006-01-24, 03:01   Link #1
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Programming Question

I thought perhaps someone here may have experience with my problem.

I'm trying to write a PHP script that pulls Japanese characters (utf8_general_ci) from a MySQL database and echos the table. Does anyone know how I do this?
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Old 2006-01-24, 13:41   Link #2
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I don't think you need to do anything. Just set the encoding of the html to UTF8 and print the data from MySQL as you usually would.

e.g. "<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">"

You'll have to watch out when using string functions. Not all of them are unicode-safe and in case you need one, you'll need to activate the mbstring php extension and use it's replacement functions.
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Old 2006-01-24, 15:18   Link #3
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Using META tag to specify character set is fine and all, but the better way to do is to actually write the HTTP header using PHP before making any text output.
<?PHP header("content-type: text/html; charset=UTF-8"); ?>
If you;re strictly doing retrieving text from MySQL and displaying the text without any modifications, regular echo/print statement works just as if you were handling ASCII text.
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Old 2006-01-24, 20:53   Link #4
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I got it to work in Firefox, but in IE it just displays random ASCII stuff, but if you view source in IE, it displays the Asian characters... what the heck.
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