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I have a very simple php form. The users that fill the form in some countries like France use accents like à or letters like ç. How should be the code to insert and to select in these cases?



if (isset($_POST['text_post'])) {

$sql="INSERT INTO blog (titol_post, text_post)

VALUES ('$_POST[titol_post]','$_POST[text_post]')";

if (!mysql_query($sql,$con)) { die('Error: ' . mysql_error()); }



$result = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM blog");

while($row = mysql_fetch_array($result))


echo $row['titol_post'] . " " . $row['text_post'];

echo "<br />";




else { // FILL THE FORM

echo "

<form action='4.php' method='post'>

Títol: <br/> <input type='text' name='titol_post'/><br/><br/>

Text: <br/> <textarea name='text_post' rows='15' cols='80'></textarea><br/><br/>

<input type='submit' />





I tried things like: echo htmlentities($row['titol_post']) but it doen't seem to work

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What error are you getting?


... Always tell us that.




Make sure your .php page is set to UTF8:


<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />


Or using PHP:


header('Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8');


Make sure this PHP function call is the first thing at the very top of the page or it will not work - headers must be sent first to the web browser.



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If I fill the form (with the code above and without any special thing like htmlentities) it seems to work fine. For example I fill à and the user can see à. But in the database is stored an estrange character: Ã The wright html character should be à


If I write à directly in the database à it does not show for the user.


If I write à in the database it shows à for the user.


Even when the special characters seem to work well for the user, they are stored in a strange way in the database and could give me problems later.


I suppose the wright thing would be that the user could write à, in the database could be stored à and the select should show à for the user. But I don't know how to do that.


I attach the example


My .php is utf8. The database collation is the default latin1_swedish_ci I tried to change the field titol_post to utf8_general_ci and it makes no change.


Thank you




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