(PHP 4 >= 4.0.5, PHP 5)
iconv — Convert string to requested character encoding
Performs a character set conversion on the string str from in_charset to out_charset.
The input charset.
The output charset.
If you append the string //TRANSLIT to out_charset transliteration is activated. This means that when a character can't be represented in the target charset, it can be approximated through one or several similarly looking characters. If you append the string //IGNORE, characters that cannot be represented in the target charset are silently discarded. Otherwise, str is cut from the first illegal character and an E_NOTICE is generated.
The string to be converted.
Returns the converted string or FALSE on failure.
Example #1 iconv() example
$text = "This is the Euro symbol '€'.";
echo 'Original : ', $text, PHP_EOL;
echo 'TRANSLIT : ', iconv("UTF-8", "ISO-8859-1//TRANSLIT", $text), PHP_EOL;
echo 'IGNORE : ', iconv("UTF-8", "ISO-8859-1//IGNORE", $text), PHP_EOL;
echo 'Plain : ', iconv("UTF-8", "ISO-8859-1", $text), PHP_EOL;
The above example will output something similar to:
Original : This is the Euro symbol '€'. TRANSLIT : This is the Euro symbol 'EUR'. IGNORE : This is the Euro symbol ''. Plain : Notice: iconv(): Detected an illegal character in input string in .\iconv-example.php on line 7 This is the Euro symbol '