"mbstring" - Multi-Byte String Extension

This section describes the mbstring (multi-byte string) extension library designed to help you manipulate non-ASCII character strings encoded in various encoding schemas like Unicode UTF-8.

PHP offers a nice extension called "mbstring (multi-byte string)" to help you manage non-ASCII strings. Here are the features of "mbstring":

"mbstring" extension needs to installed and configured by updating the php.ini file. To get started with "mbstring" features, I modified my php.ini as:

extension=php_mbstring.dll
...
mbstring.language = Neutral
mbstring.internal_encoding = UTF-8
mbstring.http_input = pass
mbstring.http_output = pass
mbstring.encoding_translation = Off
mbstring.detect_order = auto

Note that:

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"

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 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

"mbstring" Extension and Non-ASCII Encoding Management

"mbstring" - Multi-Byte String Extension

 mb_convert_encoding() and Other mbstring Functions

 Examples of Using "mbstring" Functions

 Managing HTTP Input and Output Encoding

 Managing Non-ASCII Character Strings with MySQL Servers

 Introduction of Class and Object

 Integrating PHP with Apache Web Server

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

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