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    Problem with spanish characters while using Google API, PHP, MySql

    Hello Sir/Maam,

    I need some help in a problem I am having with spanish special characters. A brief summary of what I am doing first. I have written a PHP script which fetches data from Google Spreadsheet using Zend Google PHP API. This data is then put into MySql database.

    $row=$Col->getText(); //getText is the Google API that returns the value in the row.
    print "$row"; // I print the content

    But the problem is that some spanish characters such as ˝er appear as ├▒er. Later on in the PHP code I go on to save these values in MySql. And even in the tables the same problem.Don't know where the problem is.

    I tried various different things such as edit the PHP file and add:

    mbstring.language = Neutral ; Set default language to Neutral(UTF- (default)
    mbstring.internal_encoding = UTF-8 ; Set default internal encoding to UTF-8
    mbstring.encoding_translation = On ; HTTP input encoding translation is enabled
    mbstring.http_input = auto ; Set HTTP input character set dectection to auto
    mbstring.http_output = UTF-8 ; Set HTTP output encoding to UTF-8
    mbstring.detect_order = auto ; Set default character encoding detection order to auto
    mbstring.substitute_character = none ; Do not print invalid characters
    default_charset = UTF-8 ; Default character set for auto content type header
    mbstring.func_overload = 7 ; All non-multibyte-safe functions are overloaded with the mbstring alternatives

    Add in the below in MySql

    init_connect='SET collation_connection = utf8_unicode_ci; SET NAMES utf8;'

    Change Database and Table properties

    ALTER DATABASE db_name
    COLLATE utf8_general_ci
    DEFAULT COLLATE utf8_general_ci

    ALTER TABLE tbl_name
    COLLATE utf8_general_ci

    Call SETNAMES etc just after mysql open connection.

    $q="SET NAMES 'utf8'";
    mysql_query("SET CHARACTER SET utf8");

    But nothing seems to work. Please help

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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    Well, I think that this is not a Fedora/Red Hat issue, but a MySQL/PHP problem. Normal Spanish characters should be handled OK in UTF-8. I sometimes set my system to use Spanish characters since half my extended family is from Mexico so from time to time I have to send emails and such in Spanish, with the correct accents on the letters, otherwise my relatives who don't read/write English would have problems... However, I haven't stored such data in MySQL databases (Oracle, yes - no problem there), so I'm at the limits of my knowledge about this.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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