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  Why PHP 5 Rocks!
Subject:   Unfortunately, PHP5 sucks no less than PHP4
Date:   2004-07-17 00:05:41
From:   zgoda
Response to: Unfortunately, PHP5 sucks no less than PHP4

The problem is, that these "hoops" require at least iconv extension (which is is not build by default) and these "hoops" may be quite large if you have mix of, say, Turkish and Russian in your XML content.
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  • Adam Trachtenberg photo Unfortunately, PHP5 sucks no less than PHP4
    2004-07-17 00:25:33  Adam Trachtenberg | O'Reilly Author [View]

    Actually, as of PHP 5, iconv is now enabled by default. That's one of the few new things I didn't mention in my article.

    And, yes, the hoops are larger when you're mixing non-Western character sets. But what are you going to do?

    I'm sure if you were to produce a patch, the PHP community would gladly accept it. After all, two of the key developers of PHP are from Israel, and I know Hebrew isn't easily represented in ASCII.