I have an annoying problem with a database query to mssql. If the result contains special characters like the german ‘ä’, I cannot use json_encode to get the result as json correctly.
json_last_error return 5 which is equal to JSON_ERROR_UTF8. I guess the database does not return the values as UTF-8 encoded. The database collection is *Latin1_General_CI_AS* and the affected columns are varchars.
The php mssql.charset configuration has no effect.
I read that mysql users could use
mysql_query('SET CHARACTER SET utf8'); to encode the return values correctly. What can I do, to get the values correctly for mssql?
Hint – I cannot change the anything at the database.
Before you JSON encode, use
utf8_encode() around the string.
You can just set this in your connection also:
$result = sqlsrv_connect($hostname, array( 'UID' => $username, 'PWD' => $password, 'Database' => $database, "CharacterSet" => "UTF-8" // <---- here the magic happens ));
For me, this is the easer way.