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Convert Character Encoding In PHP

Nicholas Wong
Nicholas Wong

Usually while we extract information from other websites, character encoding might not correct. For example, j-jis.com is encoded with Shift-JIS. Therefore if your MySQL charset is UTF-8, it causes incorrect information. To handle the changing of character encoding, we can use iconv in PHP.

$url = "http://j-jis.com/";  
$html = file_get_contents($url);  
$html = preg_replace("/rn|n|t/", "", $html); //remove unwanted characters  
$html = iconv("Shift_JIS","UTF-8",$html); //convert encoding  
echo $html;  
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Nicholas Wong

Fullstack software engineer with strong background in computer science and extensive experience in software engineering and architecture. Studied in NYU, worked in Yahoo, Rakuten and Manulife.