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Bug #25872 Query of MS-Word char causes ISO number to show up instead of actual character
Submitted: 2003-10-14 15:58 UTC Modified: 2003-10-14 17:36 UTC
From: mrtima at aol dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: MySQL related
PHP Version: 4.3.1 OS: Any
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2003-10-14 15:58 UTC] mrtima at aol dot com
When certain MS-Word characters such as (?) are returned from a query in MySQL and displayed to a webpage, you see ’ instead.

MS-Word parenthesis = ?
Standard ASCII paranthesis = '

Reproduce code:
//database connection params

//the database should have a MS-Word parenthesis in it (?)
$result = mysql_query("SELECT textvalue FROM anytable");
$fetch_result = mysql_fetch_object($result);

//display result to a webpage
echo $fetch_result->textvalue;

Expected result:

Actual result:


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 [2003-10-14 17:36 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. 

Thank you for your interest in PHP.

You are probably inserting the encoded values into MySQL.
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