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Posted on by Aleksandar Gichevski ()
In this post I will show you how you can get rid of the magical characters that sometimes show in your strings. Yea, how ofthen you opened your website and you saw stupid odd characters in your text like å ä ö √ §. Sometimes when you submit a form and store the string into the database they come up or when you copy from Word or some other text editor into content management system. Below is a regex code that you can use to remove non ascii characters, just before you use it make a test to be sure it is going to remove only the characters you want.
$str = "This text√§ contains åalso non ascii charactersö.";
$newstr = preg_replace('/[^(\x20-\x7F)]*/','', $str);
echo $newstr;
For me it did the work, hope it is going to work for u too, here is a iframe demo where you can paste your string and test...

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