itemid is now 'MSutf-conversion-page' UTF Conversion Page

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UTF Conversion Page

This is a page that we can use for documenting and discussing any issues relating to our conversion from character encoding ISO-8859-1 to UTF-8.


Here's a list of item IDs that were using non-standard ASCII characters that I updated:

I will work on updating existing scripts to use Fergus' normalization code so that this problem is avoided in the future.

The above was in reaction to a comment posted by Fergus Duniho:

ATTN David Howe:

I have come to a stumbling block in my efforts to convert the site from ISO-8859-1 to UTF-8. This page uses a non-ASCII character in its itemid, and it is recognized only by ISO-8859-1, not by UTF-8. Links for this page work when the character encoding is set to ISO-8859-1, but they do not work when it is set to UTF-8. Can you do something about this? Perhaps run a script to normalize itemids? I have avoided similar problems with Game Courier, because it has routinely normalized file names by converting non-ASCII characters to their nearest ASCII equivalents. The function I have used for this can presently be found on line 70 of play.php. In case I edit the file, it uses the strtr function, and I have added utf8_decode only recently to deal with UTF-8 non-ASCII characters.

Apparently, I cannot even properly post a comment for this page, because its itemid has a non-ASCII character in it. The page in question is As the link appears here, you have to switch your character encoding to ISO-8859-1 before you can follow the link.

I (David Howe) have updated the member submission code so that the generated itemid handles non-ascii characters. For an example, see my test page.

This 'user submitted' page is a collaboration between the posting user and the Chess Variant Pages. Registered contributors to the Chess Variant Pages have the ability to post their own works, subject to review and editing by the Chess Variant Pages Editorial Staff.

By David Howe.
Web page created: 2010-12-28. Web page last updated: 2010-12-28