(PHP 4 >= 4.3.0, PHP 5)html_entity_decode -- Convert all HTML entities to their applicable characters
html_entity_decode() is the opposite of
htmlentities() in that it converts all HTML entities
to their applicable characters from
The optional second
quote_style parameter lets
you define what will be done with 'single' and "double" quotes. It takes
on one of three constants with the default being
Table 1. Available
|ENT_COMPAT||Will convert double-quotes and leave single-quotes alone.|
|ENT_QUOTES||Will convert both double and single quotes.|
|ENT_NOQUOTES||Will leave both double and single quotes unconverted.|
The ISO-8859-1 character set is used as default for the optional third
charset. This defines the character set used in
Following character sets are supported in PHP 4.3.0 and later.
Table 2. Supported charsets
|ISO-8859-1||ISO8859-1||Western European, Latin-1|
|ISO-8859-15||ISO8859-15||Western European, Latin-9. Adds the Euro sign, French and Finnish letters missing in Latin-1(ISO-8859-1).|
|UTF-8||ASCII compatible multi-byte 8-bit Unicode.|
|cp866||ibm866, 866||DOS-specific Cyrillic charset. This charset is supported in 4.3.2.|
|cp1251||Windows-1251, win-1251, 1251||Windows-specific Cyrillic charset. This charset is supported in 4.3.2.|
|cp1252||Windows-1252, 1252||Windows specific charset for Western European.|
|KOI8-R||koi8-ru, koi8r||Russian. This charset is supported in 4.3.2.|
|BIG5||950||Traditional Chinese, mainly used in Taiwan.|
|GB2312||936||Simplified Chinese, national standard character set.|
|BIG5-HKSCS||Big5 with Hong Kong extensions, Traditional Chinese.|
Note: Any other character sets are not recognized and ISO-8859-1 will be used instead.
Note: This function doesn't support multi-byte character sets in PHP < 5.
Example 1. Decoding HTML entities
Note: You might wonder why trim(html_entity_decode(' ')); doesn't reduce the string to an empty string, that's because the ' ' entity is not ASCII code 32 (which is stripped by trim()) but ASCII code 160 (0xa0) in the default ISO 8859-1 characterset.