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Main - AcmlmBoard Developer Zone - Acmlmboard, Unicode, and broken graphics. (A memo for coders and board owners)
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Posted on 04-26-18 02:28 PM Link | ID: 131236
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Today another bugfix went in, fixing gfx/status.php on some boards without even editing it.

The cause? There was a unicode character stuck into config.sample.php, and at least one update made from a text editor which did not like that. (Notepad.exe in windows is notorious for this)

Today's update has stripped that character out and removed the whitespace. If you own a board and have the issue where the rpg status graphic is broken, either manually remove the whitespace from before <?php and strip out the offending â„¢ mark from the config.php file or make a new copy using the cleaned up version.

Coders! Keep to only using ASCII-based characters in your code. Any time you must use Unicode, please encode it using html-based encodings. This will mean editors can safely edit the file after you without causing a creep in whitespace building up in unwanted places. There should be no reason at all for using unicode outside any encoding.

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Posted on 04-26-18 07:00 PM Link | ID: 131246
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Note: if you absolutely have to use non-ASCII characters for things such has non roman languages (Kanji, Kana, Hangal, etc) board names.. make sure you use a unix compliant encoding. UTF-8 BOM usage will 100% break the RPG graphics if it is in any of the files it includes. (php prints the character out as it's beyond the php brackets.)

That said we don't support doing so simple due to the amount of ways it can break stuff. AB2 has support for getting stuff like board names and the like from the database. That would be the preferred method for any non-ASCII board names.

In the actual code other than config.php the standard is ASCII format for php sanity. Any pull requests with anything odd will be bounced so keep that in mind.


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