XML encoding

XML encoding

XML encoding -- XML encoding in Services_Ebay

XML encoding in Services_Ebay

Since mid-2005, the eBay API will only accept UTF-8 encoded XML-documents. As encoding all data to UTF-8 is tedious, Services_Ebay will take care of this for you. All you need to do is specify the encoding you want to use in your script when creating a session object.

The umlaut characters contained in the description of the item will be automatically converted to UTF-8 when the XML-document is created. Furthermore the result document which is returned by the eBay API will be decoded again to ISO-8859-1 so you do not have to worry about UTF-8 at all.

Of course, it is also possible to supply UTF-8 encoded data to Services_Ebay. All you have to do is change the encoding type, when creating the session object.

In this example you are using utf8_encode() to encode the data prior to passing it to Services_Ebay. To avoid duplicated encoding, you need to set the encoding to UTF-8.

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