I am developing a PHP Application that needs to display and accept content written in tamil. For example "login" should be written in tamil on the form.

How can I achieve this ?


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If you want to display tamil characters on a web page, be it in PHP or any other web technology, you have to indicate to the browser that the page is written in UTF-8.

Also, "how to create web sites in indian languages?" might help you as it gives why and how you have to do it.

In short:

  1. Make sure to save your PHP file in UTF-8.
  2. Indicate to the browser that the page should be viewed in UTF-8 by adding the following meta to the page: <meta http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
  3. You have to configure your web application to serve UTF-8 content. As such, The HTTP Content-Type header should look like so: Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8

I'm not a PHP programmer at all, but you should check out How to display unicode data in PHP, this should help you a lot.

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    To put it more generally - any encoding that encodes a character set that contains the characters to be used. For tamil UTF-8/16/32 or TSCII. UTF-8 is the most practical of course.
    – Esailija
    Mar 27, 2013 at 19:08
  • very good point!
    – Jalayn
    Mar 27, 2013 at 19:13
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    Great answer. Also, your database must be set up to use UTF-8. Some details that may help: glenpeterson.blogspot.com/search/label/UTF-8 May 15, 2013 at 12:58

Save the files in UTF-8 if using a editor like Editplus or eclipse you can google how to

Use a multipart form with UTF encoding https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1075513/php-parsing-multipart-form-data

In your persistance / data base layer set up the tables to accept UTF-8 and your good to go. If using My SQL its usually on by default for varchar

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    oh yeah : Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 is very important.
    – tgkprog
    Mar 27, 2013 at 20:31
  • * we had to save all files includes etc in UTF-8 too.
    – tgkprog
    Mar 27, 2013 at 20:31

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