Ben Ben - 1 year ago 36
PHP Question

Korean characters not displaying when pulled from MS Access database using php

I have an Access DB which contains a lot of people with Korean names. I hava a classic ASP site that reads data from the DB quite happily and displays it properly. I am now developing a different site in PHP, but it is unable to display Korean characters. I have written two very simple scripts, one in ASP and one in PHP to work out why.


Response.CodePage = 65001

Set objLoginConn = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
objLoginConn.Provider = "Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0"
objLoginConn.Open "C:\wwwroot\mydb.mdb"
Set rs = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset")

SQL = "SELECT firstname FROM mytable"
rs.Open SQL, objLoginConn, 3, 3

while not rs.EOF
response.write("<p>"& rs.fields("firstname").value &"</p>")


$con = new COM("ADODB.Connection") or die("Cannot start ADO");
$con->Open("Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0; Data Source = mydb.mdb");

$SQL = "SELECT firstname FROM mytable";
$rs = $con->execute($SQL);

while (!$rs->EOF) {
echo "<p>".$rs->Fields("firstname")->value."</p>";

The ASP script prints all the names correctly, but the PHP script prints a load of ?'s. If I remove the
Response.CodePage = 65001
bit from the ASP script, it prints ?'s just like PHP.

I then turned my attention to finding a PHP equivilent of
Response.CodePage = 65001
and found things like
header('Content-Type:text/html; charset=UTF-8');
ini_set('default_charset', 'UTF-8');
but they did not do the job.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Ben Ben
Answer Source

Ok, i have found a solution. I had to set the encoding of the DB connection like so:

$con = new COM("ADODB.Connection", NULL, 65001);

where the 65001 is utf-8 i think. Not sure if this is the best way to go, but it works for me!