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PHP, MSSQL 200, ntext/nvarchar

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#1 wilso417


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Posted 13 October 2008 - 02:46 PM

I've been searching online for over a day and have not found a solution.

I am using IIS 6.0, PHP, and a MSSQL 2000 database and i'm trying to make a multi-language website. I am using PHP ODBC to connect to the database. I know that ntext/nvarchar fields are UCS-2/UTF-16 Unicode data but I want it outputed on the web page as UTF-8. When the page displays the output has a lot of ? instead of the characters.

Anyone have any idea? I know utf8_encode() will solve this issue, but I cannot use this on my overall system. I've tried using the mb_string parameters in the php.ini to force utf -8 but this does not work
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Posted 13 October 2008 - 05:19 PM

Any translation between Unicode encodings is likely to result in issues like this. In particular, I'm pretty sure UTF-8 is just too limited to display all the characters available in UTF-16. You'll have to either change the character set of your website or live with characters not displaying.
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Posted 13 April 2010 - 07:44 AM

Hi !

I put my comment too late I think but if my answer can ever help you and others...
I was in front of the same mater and i resolved it like this :

//retrieve a PDO handler instance
$dbHd=Tools_Data_PDOBridge::getInstance(Tools_Data_PDOBridge::PDO_MSSQL, 'server', 'db', 'user', 'pwd');
$dataToInsert=mb_convert_encoding($srcStr, 'UCS-2LE', 'UTF-8');
$arr = unpack('H*hex', $dataToInsert);


$hex = "0x{$arr['hex']}";
$str='insert into CIVILITE(CIV_LIBELLE, test) values(\''.mb_convert_encoding('éè$^^É', 'ISO-8859-1', 'UTF-8').'\', '.$hex.');';

echo $srcStr.PHP_EOL;

$st=$dbHd->query('select top 1 convert(varbinary(200), test) as test from CIVILITE where CIV_ID>3;');



$rtData=pack('H*', $civ['test']);
echo iconv('UCS-2LE', 'UTF-8', $rtData);

Bye! :)
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