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fernandobasso dot br at gmail dot com
2 years ago
This might help in case someone happens to maintain old applications with a charset other than utf-8.

According to the docs, you can override the default charset if you use `header()`.

Suppose php.ini sets the default_charset to "UTF-8", but you need a legacy charset, like ISO-8859-1.


<?php header('Content-Type: text/html; Charset=ISO-8859-1'); ?>

would not override the charset, just add it as well and the result
was a response header like (note the two charsets):

    Content-Type:"text/html; Charset=ISO-8859-1;charset=UTF-8"

I found it strange the default one as `charset` with a lowercase `c`
as opposed to my custom charset with an uppercase `C`.

What solved was to _override_ the charset using all lowercase letters
as well for the word “charset”:

<?php header('content-type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1'); ?>

Then, the double charset from the response headers disappeared, and only the single, custom charset remained.

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