Error: “Input is not proper UTF-8, indicate encoding !” using PHP's simplexml_load_string

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I'm getting the error:

parser error : Input is not proper UTF-8, indicate encoding ! Bytes: 0xED 0x6E 0x2C 0x20

When trying to process an XML response using simplexml_load_string from a 3rd party source. The raw XML response does declare the content type:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

Yet it seems that the XML is not really UTF-8. The langauge of the XML content is Spanish and contain words like Dublín in the XML.

I'm unable to get the 3rd party to sort out their XML.

How can I pre-process the XML and fix the encoding incompatibilities?

Is there a way to detect the correct encoding for a XML file?
Oct 30 in PHP by kartik
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Hello,

Try this:

$content = utf8_encode(file_get_contents('http://example.com/rss.xml'));
$xml = simplexml_load_string($content);

Hope it helps!!

Thank you!!

answered Oct 30 by Niroj
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