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Bug #20166 Unicode (Slovenian) characters are not displayed correctly
Submitted: 2002-10-30 02:45 UTC Modified: 2003-03-11 19:40 UTC
From: miha dot valencic at mobitel dot si Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: *Languages/Translation
PHP Version: 4.2.2 OS: Win2k
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2002-10-30 02:45 UTC] miha dot valencic at mobitel dot si
The problem is with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and with MySQL version  Ver 11.18 Distrib 3.23.52, for Win95/Win98 (i32).

I have a database with slovenian characters in the fields and I am not able to display them properly with php extension modules. I can display them propery using COM ADO objects. I've included a simple script, that shows what I am trying to do. The ADO portion of the script produces the desired result. The characters are entered using windows-1250 codepage.

The script:
	header("Content-Type", "text/html; charset=Windows-1250");
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1250">
$conn = new COM("ADODB.Connection") or die("Cannot start ADO"); 

$conn->Open("PROVIDER=MSDASQL;DRIVER={SQL SERVER}; Server=SRRDEV2;Database=portal;UID=sa;PWD=srrdev2;"); 
// SQL statement to build recordset. 
$rs = $conn->Execute("SELECT * FROM TblInfo_News where IID = 3034326"); 

while (!$rs->EOF) { 
$fv = $rs->Fields("title"); 
echo "title: ".$fv->value."<br>\n"; 

PHP Mssql extension:<br>
	$link = mssql_connect("", "sa", "srrdev2");

	if($link) {
		if(mssql_select_db("portal", $link)) {
			$query = "SELECT * FROM TblInfo_News  where IID = 3034326";

			$result = mssql_query($query, $link);
			if($result) {
				if(mssql_num_rows($result)) {
					while($row = mssql_fetch_array($result)) {
						echo "title: " . $row['title'] . "<BR>";
				} else {
					echo "No results! <BR>";
			} else {
				echo "Could not get the result!<BR>";

		} else {
			echo "Could not select db!<BR>";
	} else {
		echo "Could not connect!<BR>";

// mysql

	echo "MYSQL<BR>";
	$link = mysql_connect("", "root", "root")
        or die("Could not connect");

	$query = "SELECT * FROM tbl1";
	$result = mysql_query($query);
	if($result) {
		$row = mysql_fetch_array($result);
		if($row) {
			echo "String: " . $row['fld1'];



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 [2002-10-30 07:05 UTC]
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 [2002-11-05 00:29 UTC] miha dot valencic at mobitel dot si

To define more clearly: 

I have a Microsoft SQL database. In that database, there are many articles, with pictures, etc. I tried to access those articles using php, and wanted to display them. All is fine, but, instead of slovene characters 蚞 (which you probably don't see anyway) I get garbles (unrecognized characters). I was using mssql_* functions to retrieve the data. Then, I created a simple table in mysql, inserted a row manually (from the console) and the same thing happens. BUT, if I insert the items trough PHP the first time, than the characters are retrieved correctly. So I suspect there must be something with encoding, perhaps. To make things even more funny, when I used ADO COM object to access the MS SQL server, the strings retrieved are fine.

I apologize if I posted this under the wrong category, but I could not decide whether it is a db problem or not. Feel free to move this item to another category, if you wish.

System details: SQL Server: Win2k, Slovenian locale
PHP system: Win2k, Apache 1.3.26 (Win32), PHP 4.2.2, mysql 3.23.52, Slovenian locale
 [2002-11-08 00:06 UTC] miha dot valencic at mobitel dot si
A simple output of the three versions:

MSSQL accessed trough ADO COM object:
title: Novela zakona o dr?avljanstvu ne re?uje ni?esar

PHP Mssql extension:
title: Novela zakona o dr?avljanstvu ne re?uje ni?esar

MYSQL  (entered trough command line)
String: ?秬?? string

MYSQL (entered trough php form)
String: 蚞 string
 [2003-01-18 15:13 UTC]
Doesn't your problem look like the one reported in the following bug report?

 [2003-01-31 13:51 UTC]
No feedback was provided. The bug is being suspended because
we assume that you are no longer experiencing the problem.
If this is not the case and you are able to provide the
information that was requested earlier, please do so and
change the status of the bug back to "Open". Thank you.

 [2003-02-01 14:01 UTC] miha dot valencic at mobitel dot si
No, this bug is not like the one described in 19474. If you have suggestions on what kind of test should I also make, please let me know and I will try. 

 [2003-03-11 19:40 UTC]
Sorry, but your problem does not imply a bug in PHP itself.  For a
list of more appropriate places to ask for help using PHP, please
visit as this bug system is not the
appropriate forum for asking support questions. 

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