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Bug #32575 Accented character 'echo'ed randomly
Submitted: 2005-04-04 21:38 UTC Modified: 2005-04-05 21:02 UTC
From: john at jcoppens dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: *Languages/Translation
PHP Version: 4.3.10 OS: linux 2.4.26
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2005-04-04 21:38 UTC] john at jcoppens dot com
I have a very simple web-page script with mainly 'echo' commands. Randomly the accented characters are replaced
by question-marks. If or not the question mark appears
seems to be depending on the page contents, though at least
in one of the cases, the only thing that changes in the
page is a GIF image. 

All this happens in the same html-session, using the same

I've seen other -similar- reports, though none about 'echo'.
I can't be sure if this is an apache problem or php-related.

Sorry if was already solved... Please indicate.

Reproduce code:
echo "P?gina ?ndice";

Expected result:
P?gina ?ndice

Actual result:
P?gina ?ndice
P?gina ?ndice


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 [2005-04-05 01:06 UTC]
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 [2005-04-05 21:02 UTC] john at jcoppens dot com
Thanks for the reply.

Just so other people finding this description are pointed in the correct direction, this problem appears to be a bug in Mozilla. PHP serves the accented characters correctly, the browser randomly changes them into question marks. Firefox/Opera/Dillo don't have this problem (apparently). I found this out by tracing the HTTP transfer.
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