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UTF-8 conversion #238487
08/04/10 07:34 PM
08/04/10 07:34 PM
canecutter  Offline OP
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 80

We have a script that automatically add updates from Facebook as a post in UBB. The programmer who did the script encountered a problem. The data from the facebook posts is in UTF-8 encoding whilst UBB displays ISO/IEC 8859-1 encoding which is causing some posts to display wrong characters. I am being asked if I can cover UBB to UTF-8. Is that possible? Can it be done for 1 forum only? What are the drawbacks? What will happen to the past posts?

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Re: UTF-8 conversion [Re: canecutter] #238488
08/04/10 07:47 PM
08/04/10 07:47 PM
Rick  Offline
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Joined: Jun 2006
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Aberdeen, WA
It's a pretty big process to convert the database to utf-8 but one we're doing for version 8. You might be able to get away with just changing the charset in the languages/english/generic.php to utf-8 and see if that works for you. Side effects might be some multi-byte characters not displaying properly.

Re: UTF-8 conversion [Re: Rick] #238489
08/04/10 10:28 PM
08/04/10 10:28 PM
canecutter  Offline OP
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 80
Thanks for the quick response. I will see if we can come up with another solution.

Re: UTF-8 conversion [Re: canecutter] #248579
03/02/12 04:54 AM
03/02/12 04:54 AM
mmem700  Offline
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 36
Newer versions of Apache default to using character set utf8 instead of 8851-1.

For many, the quick fix after migration to a newer server is to edit this file:


and update this:

$ubbt_lang['CHARSET'] = "UTF-8";

to this:

$ubbt_lang['CHARSET'] = "8859-1";

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