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Deleting MS Word 'fancy' characters from xml feed
ms word characters are destroying my feeds

 6:34 pm on Jan 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

People are writing their info in MS Word and copy and pasting it into the textarea field and uploading to the database. I process feeds from this data. Problem is fancy quotes, ellipses, hyphens and a few other things are breaking the feeds.

Im using PHP. Is there a regular expression that will test for all these characters? I don't need to translate them. Im satisfied with deleting them.



 7:02 pm on Jan 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

use htmlentities($string) [ca3.php.net]


 8:54 pm on Jan 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

thanks ill give it a try.


 9:22 pm on Jan 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

that doesnt seem to have worked :(


 9:26 pm on Jan 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

So... you're escaping the CDATA contents of your nodes with htmlentities(), and your XML is still invalid?

Can you supply a *small* sample, before and after


 9:33 pm on Jan 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

You had it right! I had to change the character set from UTF-8 to 8859.

britlinks created a great function here


Thanks for your help dude!


 9:49 pm on Jan 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

hey no problem zulubanshee. cheers


 3:40 am on Jan 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Real problem is that browsers are POST-ing those characters even when a form is served UTF-8. If a form is served UTF-8 then the browser should only be allowing UTF-8 content within it.

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