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:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252" />
in the head of the outputted HTML, could I just change this to
<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
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.

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");