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How to fix the problem in displaying french accented characters from Mysql table on a PHP page?

In a php page I am displaying some hard coded french  texts which has some accented characters like "é è ..." and also some french characters are fetched from Mysql table and displayed on the page.

Here the problem was the hard coded french characters were displaying fine, but the characters fetch from db was not showing properly. It was displaying like "?" with in a black background.

at the top of the page I had set the the meta tag with charset as utf-8

<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8">

but this didn't worked

So i tried to change the charset definition of MySQL table by the steps given below


to change the DB table's default charset to utf-8:

ALTER TABLE tbl_name
  COLLATE utf8_general_ci;

to know the charset of your mysql table check the steps given here

Unfortunately this charset change procedure also didn't gave me the expected result, so I tried a php level implementation using the built in function utf8_encode()

I just passed the french string fetched from the mysql table through the utf8_encode

this solved the issue.

The problem occurred because, there is already charset utf-8 declaration at the top of the page using the meta tag

and when the French data is fetched from the table, it is also in utf-8 and a double encoding took place

Code looks similar to this:

Your french hard coded characters comes here
fetch data from your mysql table
echo $var;

Reference :


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