Storing Non-ASCII Characters with Encoded Bytes

This section describes a test of storing non-ASCII characters with encoded bytes.

After created a table with columns with non-ASCII character sets, the next question is how to send non-ASCII characters to a MySQL server in the SQL statement.

The first test I did was to build a SQL INSERT statement with French and Chinese characters encoded into binary data with Latin1, UTF-8, GBK and Big5. Then the SQL INSET statement is sent to my local MySQL server with mysql_query() method for execution.

#- MySQL-Insert-Non-ASCII.php
#- Copyright (c) 2015,, All Rights Reserved.
  $con = mysql_connect("localhost", "Herong", "TopSecret");
  $ok = mysql_select_db("HerongDB", $con);
  $test_name = "Non-ASCII Test";
# Delete the record
  $sql = "DELETE FROM Comment_Mixed WHERE Test_Name ='$test_name'";
  if (mysql_query($sql, $con)) {
    print("Number of rows deleted: ".mysql_affected_rows()."\n");
  } else {
    print("SQL statement failed.\n");
    print(mysql_errno($con).": ".mysql_error($con)."\n"); 

# Build the SQL INSERT statement
  $sql = <<<END_OF_MESSAGE
INSERT INTO Comment_Mixed (Test_name, String_ASCII, 
    String_Latin1, String_UTF8, String_GBK, String_Big5)
  VALUES ('$test_name', 'Television', 

# Run the SQL statement
  if (mysql_query($sql, $con)) {
    print("Number of rows inserted: ".mysql_affected_rows()."\n");
  } else {
    print("SQL statement failed.\n");
    print(mysql_errno($con).": ".mysql_error($con)."\n"); 

# Get the recod back
  $sql = "SELECT * FROM Comment_Mixed"
    . " WHERE Test_Name = '$test_name'";
  $res = mysql_query($sql, $con);
  if ($row = mysql_fetch_array($res)) {
    print("\nTest Name = ".$row['Test_Name']."\n");
    print("   String_ASCII: 0x".bin2hex($row['String_ASCII'])."\n");
    print("   String_Latin1: 0x".bin2hex($row['String_Latin1'])."\n");
    print("   String_UTF8: 0x".bin2hex($row['String_UTF8'])."\n");
    print("   String_GBK: 0x".bin2hex($row['String_GBK'])."\n");
    print("   String_Big5: 0x".bin2hex($row['String_Big5'])."\n");


Here is the output of the PHP script:

C:\>\local\php\php MySQL-Insert-Non-ASCII.php
Number of rows deleted: 0
Number of rows inserted: 1

Test Name = Non-ASCII Test
   String_ASCII: 0x54656c65766973696f6e
   String_Latin1: 0x54e96ce9766973696e6f
   String_UTF8: 0x3f3f3f2f3f3f3f
   String_GBK: 0x3f3f3f
   String_Big5: 0x3f3f3f

The output tells me that:

Last update: 2015.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 PHP Installation on Windows Systems

 Integrating PHP with Apache Web Server

 charset="*" - Encodings on Chinese Web Pages

 Chinese Characters in PHP String Literals

 Multibyte String Functions in UTF-8 Encoding

 Input Text Data from Web Forms

 Input Chinese Text Data from Web Forms

 MySQL - Installation on Windows

 MySQL - Connecting PHP to Database

MySQL - Character Set and Encoding

 Specifying Character Set for Text Columns

 Creating a Table with Multiple Character Sets

 Checking Character Set Setting

 Storing ASCII Characters in Non-ASCII Columns

Storing Non-ASCII Characters with Encoded Bytes

 Transmitting Non-ASCII Characters between PHP and MySQL

 Viewing Character Set Variables

 Non-ASCII Test Result Analysis

 Fetching Non-ASCII Text from MySQL

 MySQL - Sending Non-ASCII Text to MySQL

 Retrieving Chinese Text from Database to Web Pages

 Input Chinese Text Data to MySQL Database


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