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I am using a php mail script to post and email form contents to an email.

However when I receive the email the £ symbol is not displaying correctly.

I am getting "£" not "£".

Below is the code:

HTML Form value:

<input name="C9480A_Desc" type="hidden" id="C9480A_Desc" value="C9480A - HP 91 775ml 3 ink Matt Black @ &pound;365.00" />

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PHP:
$_POST['C9480A_Desc']

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I have even tried this

htmlentities ($_POST['C9480A_Desc'])

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However I still get the same result. What am I doing wrong?
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Question by:petewinter
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by:Tobias
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In your form try to set the charset to UTF-8 :

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
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by:Ray Paseur
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It's a character-encoding issue.  Your output page may use a character encoding like UTF-8.  UTF-8 collides with many of the European ASCII characters that have ordinal values above 128.  This article explains it a little more.
http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/Unicode.html
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by:petewinter
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MadShiva - I have set the form header script to the below, but it doesn't solve the issue. Any idea's?

$headers = "MIME-Version: 1.0\r\n"; 
$headers .= 'Content-type: text/html; charset=UTF-8"' . "\r\n"; 

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Ray Paseur earned 1600 total points
ID: 37771668
See http://www.laprbass.com/RAY_temp_petewinter.php
<?php // RAY_temp_petewinter.php
ini_set('display_errors', TRUE);
error_reporting(E_ALL);


// SET A CHARACTER SET THAT WORKS FOR EUROPEAN CHARACTERS
echo '<meta charset="iso-8859-1" />';


// SHOW WHAT WAS POSTED, IF ANYTHING
if (!empty($_POST))
{
    echo "<br/>";
    echo $_POST['C9480A_Desc'];
}

// CREATE A FORM WITH HEREDOC NOTATION
$form = <<<FORM
<form method="post">
<input name="C9480A_Desc" type="hidden" id="C9480A_Desc" value="C9480A - HP 91 775ml 3 ink Matt Black @ &pound;365.00" />
<br/>
<input type="submit" value="Test the £ symbol" />
</form>
FORM;

echo $form;

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HTH, ~Ray
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by:petewinter
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Many thanks
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