Unicode in PHP/HTML

Echilon's Avatar, Join Date: Feb 2007
Newbie Member
I have a PHP script that uses MySQL to store entries. At the moment, the whole script is in English, but I've just sorted out a translation into Simplified Chinese. I know Chinese uses unicode, but I have absolutely no experience with working with it. At present, I'm using:
Code:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252" />
in the head of the outputted HTML, could I just change this to
Code:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
and have the English and Chinese versions work alongside each other, or would I need to change the output depending on the language selected? I'm also not sure about PHP and Chinese. All the language strings are defined as constants using
Code:
define("CONSTANTNAME","Some text in English");
so would I be able to just copy and paste the Chinese translations in place of the English text, or would I need to do something extra? I'm using Verdana as the font face at the minute, but does it even support Chinese? I've noticed when I open the file the translator sent back with notepad, it displays fine, but when I open it with Context (http://context.cx), it displays as jibberish.

I'm really looking for some insight from someone who knows a bit more about this.

Thanks
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pradeep's Avatar, Join Date: Apr 2005
Team Leader
You'll have to send header using PHP, Meta tag doesn't work.

Code: PHP
header("Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8");