Receiving Non-ASCII Characters with POST Method

This section provides a tutorial example on how enter non-ASCII characters in HTML forms and receive them correctly with the POST method. The HTML form is using the iso-8859-1 encoding.

To test the POST method, I wrote the following script, InputIsoPost.php:

<?php # InputIsoPost.php
#- Copyright (c) 2015,, All Rights Reserved.
#- Promoting CGI values to local variables
   global $r_English, $r_Spanish, $r_Korean, $r_ChineseUtf8;
   global $r_ChineseGb2312;

#- Generating HTML document
   print('<meta http-equiv="Content-Type"'
      .' content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"/>');
   print("<form action=InputIsoPost.php method=post>");
   print("English ASCII: <input name=English"
      ." value='$r_English' size=16><br>\n");
   print("Spanish UTF-8: <input name=Spanish"
      ." value='$r_Spanish' size=16><br>\n");
   print("Korean UTF-8: <input name=Korean"
      ." value='$r_Korean' size=16><br>\n");
   print("Chinese UTF-8: <input name=ChineseUtf8"
      ." value='$r_ChineseUtf8' size=16><br>\n");
   print("Chinese GB2312: <input name=ChineseGb2312"
      ." value='$r_ChineseGb2312' size=16><br>\n");
   print("<input type=submit name=submit value=Submit>\n");

#- Outputing input strings back to HTML document
   foreach ($_POST as $k => $v) {
      print "$k = ($v)\n";

#- Dumping input strings to a file
   $file = fopen("\\temp\\InputIsoPost.txt", 'ab');
   $str = "------\n";
   fwrite($file, $str, strlen($str));
   foreach ($_REQUEST as $k => $v) {
      $str = "$k = ($v)\n";
      fwrite($file, $str, strlen($str));

If you test this script with Internet Explorer, you will get the same result as InputIsoGet.php.

I was looking for a way to dump the input strings submitted by the POST method. But I could not find the right function to do this.

Last update: 2015.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction and Installation of PHP 7.0

 PHP Script File Syntax

 PHP Data Types and Data Literals

 Variables, References, and Constants

 Expressions, Operations and Type Conversions

 Conditional Statements - "if" and "switch"

 Loop Statements - "while", "for", and "do ... while"

 Function Declaration, Arguments, and Return Values

 Arrays - Ordered Maps

 Configuring and Sending out Emails

 Retrieving Information from HTTP Requests

 Creating and Managing Sessions in PHP Scripts

 Sending and Receiving Cookies in PHP Scripts

 Controlling HTTP Response Header Lines in PHP Scripts

 MySQL Server Connection and Access Functions

 Functions to Manage Directories, Files and Images

 SOAP Extension Function and Calling Web Services

 SOAP Server Functions and Examples

 Localization Overview of Web Applications

 Using Non-ASCII Characters in HTML Documents

 Using Non-ASCII Characters as PHP Script String Literals

Receiving Non-ASCII Characters from Input Forms

 Basic Rules of Receiving Non-ASCII Characters from Input Forms

 Receiving Non-ASCII Characters with GET Method

Receiving Non-ASCII Characters with POST Method

 Receiving Non ASCII Characters in UTF-8 Encoding

 Decoding HTML Entities

 "mbstring" Extension and Non-ASCII Encoding Management

 Managing Non-ASCII Character Strings with MySQL Servers

 Introduction of Class and Object

 Integrating PHP with Apache Web Server

 Outdated Tutorials


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