Pound sign causing content curtailment. (7 posts)

  1. swinhoe
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi Folks,

    I have an issue with a few sites im running, in that when you enter a pound (£) sign into the content area, upon saving the page, it drops any content following the symbol.

    I have run WP for a few years now, and never had this issue before, and, it only happens with pound symbols, not dollar or any other special characters.

    Ive tested this in different versions of the release - 2.6 and 3.2.1 and can reproduce the error consistently.

    Character encoding is set to UTF8, and im not using any odd plugins to handle encoding or the like..

    Anyone come across the same issue ?


  2. swinhoe
    Posted 5 years ago #


    Anyone out there with an opinion on this ?

    Its even doing it using the correct html entity code...


  3. swinhoe
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ok, for the record, im investigating a Database / Table collation type mismatch that happens by default at install.. this could be the cause..

  4. swinhoe
    Posted 5 years ago #


    A new installation of the latest WP on a new DB, DOES NOT provide the ability to use some special characters.

    The standard UTF8 encoding helps in no way, and using a Latin based collation does nothing either.

    Can anyone shed any light on this ?
    Am i the only person able to reproduce this issue ?

  5. swinhoe
    Posted 5 years ago #

    ok, I have seem to have found the issue.

    If your PHP settings have 'Multibyte String : mbstring.encoding_translation' turned on, some special characters will not display, and cutail any content follwoing them.

    Turning this option off has resolved this issue..

    Check if this setting is on ro not using phpinfo() ;



  6. swinhoe
    Posted 5 years ago #

    This can be closed now I guess. :)

  7. aliceralph
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Just wanted to say that this was super helpful. My colleague found your post - we had the same problem and this seems to have helped.


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