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[phpBB3] Chinese language support

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:12 pm
by iwsmike
Hi, i bought magic seo for phpbb because it says that it supports a wide range of alphabets and UTF-8, however i found that it doesn't. I'm preparing a website in Chinese and all forums having a chinese name get a broken url like "-8" instead of "你好-8". If i change the url myself in the cache file, the name doesn't appear properly (encoding problem on the cached file), if i change the encoding of the cache file to utf8, it also doesn't show up and gives a weird url. I tried leaving the encoding to default and change the name in the cache file to one with latin characters, for example the forum name is 学法语, the url in the cache is "8|xue-fayu", turns out it doesn't work either, worse, if i reload the page, the system erases my custom file and deletes the name to only keep "8|"... and if somehow i manage to keep the url, for example "8|word01#word02#word03" becomes "8|word01#你#word03", the url is well displayed however it gives me "The requested page could not be found."

Re: [phpBB3] Chinese language support

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:21 pm
by inveo
Yes, Magic SEO URLs for phpBB v3.0/3.1/3.2 5.2 support wide variety of languages/alphabets that are specified at https://www.inveostore.com/phpbb-seo-ex ... 0#Features

Arabic (العربية), Bulgarian (Български), Czech (Čeština), Danish (Dansk), Dutch (Nederlands), English, Estonian (Eesti), Finnish (Suomen), French (Francais), Georgian (ქართული), Germany (Deutsch), Greek (ελληνικά), Hebrew (עִבְרִית), Hungarian (Magyar), Italian (Italiano), Japanese hiragana and Japanese katakana (日本語), Korean (한국어/조선말), Latvian (Latviešu), Lithuanian (Lietuvių), Norwegian (Norsk), Polish (Polski), Portuguese (Português), Romanian (Daco-Romanian), Russian (Русский), Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्), Slovak (Slovenčina), Spanish (Español), Swedish (Svenska), Thai (ภาษาไทย), Turkish (Türkçe), Ukrainian (українська).


It is also true that Magic SEO URLs for phpBB v3.0/3.1/3.2 5.2 support UTF-8.

It is essential to understand that all Magic SEO URLs products use transliteration (i.e. transform all the characters to their ASCII/latin equivalents) which means the final URL is always only in ASCII/latin (to make website friendly for users around the world).

Please note the Chinese language/characters are not between the supported languages and that's why you are getting empty URLs (since no ASCII/latin equivalents are found during the transliteration).

Re: [phpBB3] Chinese language support

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:24 pm
by iwsmike
Hi, i tried japanese and korean as well, both in your list, same issue...

Re: [phpBB3] Chinese language support

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:27 pm
by iwsmike
btw, url8 url do exist and are supported by all modern browsers, they are also way better for users who don't use latin characters based languages such as chinese, japanese, koean and many more, for example, it's possible and better to do http://www.website.com/你好.php than http://www.website.com/nihao.php.

Plus like I said, if i change myself the url to what I want in the cache file and the encoding of your file to UTF8, it doesn't work either.

Re: [phpBB3] Chinese language support

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:33 pm
by inveo
Thanks for sharing.

The HTTP 404 Not Found error is there, since only ASCII/latin URLs are used. If you are having troubles with UTF-8 then check your MySQL/MariaDB settings (it is a common issue).

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