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Bug #47347 Feature request: add 3rd optional argument - the character encoding
Submitted: 2009-02-09 11:43 UTC Modified: 2009-02-09 12:11 UTC
From: glideraerobatics at hotmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: JSON related
PHP Version: 5.2.9RC1 OS:
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2009-02-09 11:43 UTC] glideraerobatics at hotmail dot com
Feature request

As you can see here:
people are jumping through hoops to encode variables of non-utf8 encodings into JSON format.

Why not just centralize that magic into the function itself as a new 3rd optional argument $encoding that defaults to UTF-8?

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 [2009-02-09 12:11 UTC]
JSON is a core enabled by default module, adding something that can encode from X to utf-8 will add a dependency and it's not always going to know what was and wasn't intended.

Consider either using utf-8 in all of your code or base64 encode your non unicode strings.
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