Hello there,

Nice Forum here. This is my first post.

I am from the U.S. and currently living in Japan. I have the Phpdev5 Setup for Win32 on my system which is fabulous.

Currently I am trying to get PHP to handle my Japanese character writing in both HTTP and scripts.

By enabling the mb_string extension in PHP 4.2.2 I can get proper output handling for HTTP with Shift_JIS or EUC-JP which is great. Here are my settings on my system. ( OS is Japanese and not English by the way ).

output_buffering = On
output_handler = mb_output_handler
default_mimetype = "text/html"
default_charset = "Shift_JIS"

mbstring.internal_encoding = EUC-JP
mbstring.http_input = auto
mbstring.http_output = SJIS
mbstring.detect_order = auto
mbstring.substitute_character = auto
mbstring.script_encoding = SJIS


*** PROBLEM ***

I can't seem to get my Scripts to recognize Japanese multi-character bytes which has become a big problem for some scripts that I have. I have heard that in PHP4.2.3 this problem may have been corrected to something like the following.

mbstring.script_encoding = SJIS

Is there anyone here with any knowledge about this? This is a really important concept here I think for people in Asia regarding PHP and it looks like we're almost there with the encoding/decoding idea. It also paves the way for more multilanguage handling which I know many are interested in for the future.

Any advise, answers or comments would be great!