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SitePoint PHP Blog:
Living Dangerously with PHP and UTF-8
December 07, 2005 @ 07:45:38

In this new post on the SitePoint PHP Blog today, Harry looks at why it's "living dangerously" to use PHP with UTF-8.

Quick one'"knocked up a list of "dangerous" functions and functionality in PHP, in relation to the use of UTF-8, available at These are for a "default" PHP setup without the mbstring overloading or PHP6 (where charset problems "magically vanish" ;) ).

This follows on from (unfinished) stuff here on charsets (tending towards UTF-8), which should help explain some of this.

He also notes that you can't rely on mbstring to be there, so he offers an alternative...

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