[ic] Non-US keys = UTF-8 issue?

Stefan Hornburg (Racke) racke at linuxia.de
Sat Feb 9 11:10:50 EST 2008

Grant wrote:
>>>> Email order receipt will not be send as UTF8 charset, so it's quite
>>>> plausible that Swedish characters are messed up. Proper UTF8 support
>>>> is still under development.
>>>> Regards
>>>>          Racke
>>> Will IC pass unicode characters properly to mysql?  Should they be
>>> displayed properly with [value]?
>> As has been noted in this thread already, full unicode support is far
>> from trivial, and is something that can be difficult to put in as an
>> afterthought.  If you are just concerned with the out-going emails
>> (i.e., the site appears to function fine), you can try to use one of
>> the following approaches:
>> If you are using the [email] tag to send out your confirmation/order
>> emails and you know that all of the data will be in the UTF-8
>> encoding, you can add explicit calls to the tag usertag to output
>> mime headers as shown:
>> [email <to, from, etc> extra="[tag op=mime arg=header]"]
>> [tag op='mime' type='text/plain; charset="utf-8"']
>> <body content here>
>> [/email]
>> Another option (depending on how much you want to get your hands
>> dirty) is to roll-your-own email sending usertag/routine in Perl
>> which can harness both Encode and MIME::Lite to explicitly manage/
>> handle the coercion of data to the desired encoding.
>> Please note that if you have non-ascii data that you want to appear
>> in the email headers (to, from, subject, etc) you will need to
>> explicitly encode the data using the MIME-Header encoding to handle
>> this properly.
>> Good Luck,
>> David
> Thanks David.  I'm not so much concerned with email being displayed
> properly as I am with having the customer's shipping address.  Maybe
> the thing to do is use [tag] as you suggested to always send a
> separate UTF-8 email to the admin containing just the shipping address
> so we're sure to have that.  We would need to run that UTF-8 address
> through IC to ship though, so that may not do any good anyway.  It
> sounds like UTF-8 data is messed up as soon as it hits IC, but maybe
> not.  I'm still not clear on that.

Check if UTF8 data is stored as such in the database, try to enter
UTF8 strings in user account forms etc.


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