Tom Worster wrote: > On 4/27/09 9:55 AM, "PJ" <af.gour...@videotron.ca> wrote: > >> Since I have to use a number of Western languages that have those >> annoying accents on many characters, I am already finding some >> annoyances in my code results; like having to enter the á type of >> stuff in inputs for searches & queries. > > the sooner you quit this bad habit the better. utf-8 is the solution. > > >> MySql db is set up for InnoDB with latin1_swedish_ci for Collation; I >> believe this is default. >> Utf-8 seems to be one way to overcome the problems, but is it the only >> way - seems a little cumbersome as I have no need for oriental & other >> extra-terrestrial cyphers. (I'm incorrigibly lazy.) > > i know no reasonable alternative. > > in mysql, converting your tables is easy. > > >> If it is the only way, what difficulties could I expect from an ISP >> hosting a virtual site? > > the difficulties are most likely to arise with non-mbstring-safe functions > your php code may be using. > > when i converted my site to utf-8 after 5 years of running latin-1, i > spent > a few days combing through each string function to determine if it was > mbsafe or not (many are not) and if not, what to use instead. if the host > has the mbstring extension then you're job may be a lot easier (assuming > you're willing to recode your app to depend on an extension that isn't > present in all runtime environments). if not, then you'll work harder to > find work-arounds. > > i made a list of notes as i was working on the conversion, including a > list > of my notes on about 90 string functions. i could post them here if that > would be of interest. > > here, at least, are the web pages i referred to: > > http://www.phpwact.org/php/i18n/utf-8 > http://www.phpwact.org/php/i18n/charsets > http://www.phpwact.org/php/i18n/utf-8/mysql > http://devlog.info/2008/08/24/php-and-unicode-utf-8/ > http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2006/08/09/scripters-utf-8-survival-guide-sli > des/ > http://www.nicknettleton.com/zine/php/php-utf-8-cheatsheet > http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/chars.html Exactly what are the advantages of using utf-8? How will it solve my problem?
Right now I'm going nuts trying to set up FreeBSD and xorg to be able to switch between en_US and fr_CA keyboards but it sure is frustrating if nothing else. This is a most elegant way of using the french and english keyboards siinc the fr_CA keyboard is bilingual - almost all the characters are the same except for a few that have been relocated; and it is easy to adapt to. I would settle for just 1 keyboard - the fr_CA, but I can't find any intelligible or functional ways to set it up. I got one version set up with keyboard mapping but that was a complete disaster as I had to find a an ASCII code to enter for my password since that particular key was not available on the keyboard. Sometimes I wonder about the guys who set this stuff up. >:o -- Hervé Kempf: "Pour sauver la planète, sortez du capitalisme." ------------------------------------------------------------- Phil Jourdan --- p...@ptahhotep.com http://www.ptahhotep.com http://www.chiccantine.com/andypantry.php -- PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php