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entity encoding - Why I see Α' Γ instead of Α' Γ ?

Apr 22nd, 2024
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  1. The reason you are seeing Α and Γ instead of the actual Greek letters Α and Γ is because they are being encoded as HTML entities. These entities are used to represent special characters in HTML, but they can also be decoded back into their original characters.
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  3. To handle them as equal in PHP, you can use the html_entity_decode function to convert the HTML entities back into their corresponding characters. Here is an example:
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  7. $str1 = "Α";
  8. $str2 = "Γ";
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  10. $char1 = html_entity_decode($str1, ENT_COMPAT, 'UTF-8');
  11. $char2 = html_entity_decode($str2, ENT_COMPAT, 'UTF-8');
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  13. if($char1 == $char2){
  14.     echo "The characters are equal: " . $char1 . " " . $char2;
  15. } else {
  16.     echo "The characters are not equal: " . $char1 . " " . $char2;
  17. }
  18. This code will decode the HTML entities Α and Γ and compare the resulting characters. If they are equal, it will output a message saying so. Otherwise, it will indicate that they are not equal.
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