I'm experiencing a strange problem with HTML entities in
form input using
PHP v. 4.0.4pl1.

My form consists of three fields:
   - A "select" pulldown menu (generated from database) to
enable users to select an existing record;
   - A text field in which users enter a headline;
   - A textarea field in which users enter text (which can
include HTML entities).

The input from the form is saved in a MySQL database (v.
3.23.33). Everything was working fine until I started adding
HTML entities (e.g., ™, •, etc.) to represent the
trademark symbol, bullets, etc. in the textarea field. I'm
able to add a record to the database with HTML entities.
However, when I retrieve an existing record, make
modifications in the textarea field, and submit the input,
the "selected" value from the pulldown menu is somehow lost
(not carried forward).

When I say "lost", I mean that the key for the pulldown
input field is actually missing when I loop through
$HTTP_POST_VARS at the top of the script. If there are no
HTML entities in the textarea field, the value for the
pulldown menu shows up and everything works fine.

I can't figure out the source of the problem. The encoding
type within the <form> tag is standard:
enctype="multipart/form-data". I'm not altering the input
from the pulldown input field before submittal.

Even odder, the same form works fine with HTML entities on
older versions of PHP. (This is not to say that there is a
bug in the version I am using, just making the observation).

Any ideas what's going on?
  Zane Good
  VP / Director of Operations
  Sprintout Internet Services

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