Using UTF-8 and libXML
As you can guess from the title, this is not a really a Yii based article. Recently, I spent a few frustrating hours trying to get some data loaded through libXML using simplexml_load_string with various odd parsing errors like:
Entity: line 21: parser error : EntityRef: expecting ';' in
It's not UTF-8
As a European, I use UTF-8 all the time. The database is UTF-8. The Db connection is UTF-8. My data is validated as UTF-8. Do you follow?
But, and this is a big BUT ...
libXML doesn't always like it.
As often, was really simple, to re-validate and pass everything through utf8_encode before passing it to simplexml_load_string or simplexml_load_file