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Bug #66196 Invalid Entity Number - 8203
Submitted: 2013-11-28 22:25 UTC Modified: -
Votes:1
Avg. Score:5.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:1 of 1 (100.0%)
Same Version:1 (100.0%)
Same OS:1 (100.0%)
From: akauffman at ne4u dot com Assigned:
Status: Open Package: Website problem
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: Linux
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2013-11-28 22:25 UTC] akauffman at ne4u dot com
Description:
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Since entity number 8203 is not an official W3C entity (reference: http://htmlentities.net/html/entities/) it does not render properly in some browsers (shows up as a box with an X).

Test script:
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Use Opera in Linux to test.  Ex: http://us1.php.net/manual/en/function.array-diff-assoc.php


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 [2013-11-29 00:36 UTC] phpmpan at mpan dot pl
I believe this belongs to Opera's bug tracker, as this is neither bug in PHP nor in PHP's website.

"Official W3C entities" refer to named entities, not character codes. #8203 is a valid code for character U+200B (which should not be rendered at all, so it's not a typeface issue).
 [2014-02-03 10:20 UTC] francois dot gannaz at silecs dot info
AFAIK, the "zero width space" may appear as an "unknown character" in some browsers, this is not incorrect regarding the Unicode specification. It may also be displayed as a space in other cases, like justified text.

There are aternatives to the entity ​ that fix this wrong behaviour, at least with Opera/Linux. They are more portable than the current numerical entity.

1. Use the tag <wbr> (official since HTML5, but cross-browser since a long time, see https://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Web/HTML/Element/wbr ).
2. Use a soft hyphen &shy; (this changes slightly the behaviour, as a hyphen will appear when the word is split).
 
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