[nycphp-talk] Charsets are still driving me nuts

Dan Cech dcech at
Thu Mar 6 15:10:52 EST 2008

Wellington Fan wrote:
> Does anyone have experience with using the the "accept-charset" attribute on
> FORMs?
> I read this, but I am not sure what the net result is:
> "The client must interpret this list as an exclusive-or list, i.e., the
> server is able to accept any single character encoding per entity received."
> So guess it's not solving the initial question, but might be part of the
> solution...?

In theory the data sent by the client should be in one of the 
'acceptable' character sets.  In practice I am sure there are plenty of 
clients which either don't obey this directive or ignore it altogether.

I'm not sure if it might be useful as a way of hinting to modern clients 
that you would like input in utf-8 (or another character set), though I 
believe that most browsers will attempt to provide form data in the same 
character set as the containing page anyway.


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