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PHP Build a Simple PHP Application Wrapping Up The Project Sending The Contact Form Email

Andraž Lazi?
Andraž Lazi?
3,130 Points

Strange characters in email. How to correct that in this particular example?

When the form is submited the email subject and also the content have strange characters (like: PovpraÅ¡evanje | ÄŒofot Ä ikor). I am not using English. How to fix traht problem?

2 Answers

Because its not english, you can try to parse it through some function like =>

utf8_decode(' strings ')        htmlentities(' stings ')         html_entity_decode('  string' )      

I am not sure what you are trying to do, but hopefully may work out for you

Andraž Lazi?
Andraž Lazi?
3,130 Points

I am aware of that but where to put that? Is it isomwhere inside that code that is below from the contact.php at Shirts4Mike?

$email_body = ""; $email_body = $email_body . "Name: " . $name . "<br>"; $email_body = $email_body . "Email: " . $email . "<br>"; $email_body = $email_body . "Message: " . $message;

$mail->SetFrom($email, $name);
$address = "orders@shirts4mike.com";
$mail->AddAddress($address, "Shirts 4 Mike");
$mail->Subject    = "Shirts 4 Mike Contact Form Submission | " . $name;
$mail->MsgHTML($email_body);

Or do I need to include it somewhere else?

Maybe somewhere you mention that has the parsing error, was it subject and contents? I would try something like this.

$subject = "Shirts 4 Mike Contact Form Submisstion |" . $name;
$mail-> Subject = utf8_decode($subject);

$mail-> MsgHTML(utf8_decode($email_body));

That should parse any strange characters in your email. I hope that works.

Andraž Lazi?
Andraž Lazi?
3,130 Points

I just implemented that but it didn't work -.-. Thanks anyway.