XML Entities in PHP

Because htmlentities() doesn’t even come close.

This small file contains 4 functions (2 of which are taken from the PHP manual, credit given!) which will allow you to encode and decode entities from ASCII/unicode strings in either decimal or hexadecimal format for use in valid XML documents.

The xml_entity_decode() function accepts an optional second parameter to allow non-standard XML entities (that may have been specified in your schema) in the format:

Example usage:

You can get the script here, or there’s a demo here too.

2 Replies to “XML Entities in PHP”

  1. Thanks for this! This was driving me nuts, in the installation I have (5.2.x) it seemed all but impossible to make a decent xmlentities converison. I found this page throught google and gave it a try, works like a charm :). Cheers!

    1. No problem Erik, glad you found it useful! It’s probably in need of an update to handle unicode characters and such, but I think it still serves is purpose for the moment!

      Thanks for commenting!

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