[thelist] acsii return from form field

kris burford kris at midtempo.net
Tue Mar 16 07:36:58 CST 2004

>>so, if someone pastes a word document with "smart" quotes into the form, 
>>all the quotes reach the server as "?"
>>this is don't understand.
>Smart quotes are a Microsoft thing. It's not a standard (not even a 

yep. this i know. i'm trying to tidy up the inputted text from a form (in 
particular, one where people submit stories that are most likely first 
written in Word).

>Read all about it here: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/emen/
>(Scroll down to "Don't Misquote Me").
>"Do not, under any circumstances, use “ through • for curly quotes."

good article. thanks for the heads-up.

>>i've tried altering the charset (from iso-8859-1 to UTF-8), the form 
>>enctype and have trawled through the apache docs, all to no avail.
>>can anyone shed some light as to why anything that falls within the ascii 
>>range 127 - 160 is automatically tranformed to ? ??
>The non-standard codes are probably send over but ord() sees they're not 
>standard and returns "?".

nope. i've been checking the output *prior* to pushing it through *any* 
post management functions, and any character outside the standard html 
entity chart is being returned as a question mark.


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