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El Forum

MsSql server 2000 uses: sql_latin1_general_cp1_ci_as instead of UTF-8.

Setting this in the db_collat option in the database configuration file seems to work, I was wondering if CI has any kind of helper to output utf-8 from sql_latin1_general_cp1_ci_as.

Thank you

El Forum

No, CodeIgniter doesn't have such a helper. You should be able to set the table collation when you create the table, and the data will be stored and passed back with that encoding.

El Forum

You could always extend the text helper to achieve that output.

* UTF to Latin
* Outputs latin.
* @accesspublic
* @param    string
* @return    string
if ( ! function_exists('utf2latin'))
    function utf2latin($text)
        return html_entity_decode($text,ENT_COMPAT,'ISO-8859-1');

* Latin to UTF
* Outputs UTF
* @access    public
* @param    string
* @return    string
if ( ! function_exists('latin2utf'))
    function latin2utf($text)
        return html_entity_decode($text,ENT_COMPAT,'UTF-8');

Use the latin2utf function when you work with mssql.

El Forum

The World Wide Web uses UTF8 for database collation.

All of us shoud being using UTF8 for our database's.

I moved one of my sites to a new host stepped into the MySQL Hell weird characters etc.

using phpMyAdmin

The collation problem will only show up if you creat a new databse and table!

Click on the database you created in the left menu. This will only work if your table was created with a

Now look on the sturcture of the database on the bottom ( MyISAM INDEXES ).
See the collation is wrong, default is latin1

To change your MySQL database collation.

Usually you will be interested in changing your MySQL collation in order to solve problems with foreign character encodings. One of the most common case is to change your MySQL collation from latin1 to utf8. This can be done by
using phpMyAdmin and following these instructions:

1. Enter your cPanel and click on the phpMyAdmin icon in the Databases left menu.

2. Select the database you wish to manage and chage your collation for from the
menu on the left, this maybe a dropdown combo box.

3. Click on the Operations tab in the top menu of your phpMyAdmin.

4. At the bottom of the page you will see the collation option. You can now select and change your database
collation from the drop down menu and then click on the Go button.

NOTE: you should select utf8_general_ci

Please NOTE: That after you change the collation of your database, only the new tables that you create will be
set to the new collation. All other tables will remain the same with the collation that they were initially
created with.

Most of the Web Hosts have set MySQL's collation to utf8 by default for their customers.
You can also benefit from this feature.

Also when you start creating your new tables you shold add this line to the bottm.

CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `your_table_name` (


Use which ever database you want here, just make sure you use the CHARSET=utf8 and COLLATE=utf8_general_ci

this will keep you out of MySQL Hell! If you ever need to transfer your database's.