I am using tFPDF to generate a PDF. The php file is UTF-8 encoded.
© for example, to be output in the pdf as the copyright symbol.
I have tried
htmlspecialchars_decode. When I take the string I am trying to decode and hard-code it in to a different file and decode it, it works as expected. So for some reason it is not being output in the PDF. I have tried output buffering. I am using
DejaVuSansCondensed.ttf (true type fonts).
Link to tFPDF: http://fpdf.org/en/script/script92.php
I am out of ideas. I tried double decoding, I checked everywhere to make sure it was not being encoded anywhere else.
you need this:
iconv('UTF-8', 'windows-1252', html_entity_decode($str));
the html_entity_decode decodes the html entities. but due to any reason you must convert it to utf8 with iconv. i suppose this is a fpdf-secret... cause in normal browser view it is displayed correctly.
Actully, fpdf project FAQ has an explanation for it:
Don't use UTF-8 encoding. Standard FPDF fonts use ISO-8859-1 or Windows-1252. It is possible to perform a conversion to ISO-8859-1 with utf8_decode():
$str = utf8_decode($str);
But some characters such as Euro won't be translated correctly. If the iconv extension is available, the right way to do it is the following:
$str = iconv('UTF-8', 'windows-1252', $str);
So, as emfi suggests, a combination of iconv() and html_entity_decode() PHP functions is the solution to your question:
$str = iconv('UTF-8', 'windows-1252', html_entity_decode("©"));
I'm pretty sure there is no automatic conversion available from HTML entity codes to their UTF-8 equivalents. In cases like this I have resorted to manual string replacement, eg:
$strOut = str_replace( "©", "\xc2\xa9", $strIn );
I have fix the problem with this code:
$str = utf8_decode($str); $str = html_entity_decode($str); $str = iconv('UTF-8', 'windows-1252',$str);
You can also use
setFont('ZapfDingbats') to select the special characters that you want to print.
define('TICK', chr(214)); # in font 'Symbol' -> print a tick symbol ... $this->SetFont('Symbol', 'B', 8); $this->Cell(5, 5, TICK, 0, 'L'); # will output the symbol to PDF
This way, you won't need to convert to ISO-8859-1 or Windows-1252 OR use another library tFPDF for special characters :)
Refer: http://www.fpdf.org/en/script/script4.php for font & character list