I have upgrade Apache from 2.2 to 2.4 and I am having problems with character encoding. In my pages I have è=è ò=ò ì=ì etc...

In my httpd.conf I have commented the default value and added ISO-8859-1 (Western Europe)

#AddDefaultCharset UTF-8
AddDefaultCharset ISO-8859-1

But this didn't change anything.

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    Have you checked the HTTP headers actually sent and the actual encoding of the pages? It seems that the pages are actually UTF-8 encoded, so they should be sent with UTF-8 specified as the encoding. – Jukka K. Korpela Jul 9 '14 at 6:59
  • I had already checked: Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1 – hellb0y77 Jul 9 '14 at 7:11
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    OK, so the setting works. The problem is probably that the actual .html files are UTF-8 encoded. The Apache setting does not cause recoding; it only affects the HTTP headers. – Jukka K. Korpela Jul 9 '14 at 7:13
  • But the files have not been changed and with Apache 2.2 and ISO-8859-1 everything worked perfectly, it all happened after switching to 2.4 – hellb0y77 Jul 9 '14 at 7:18
  • Can you post an example URL? – Jukka K. Korpela Jul 9 '14 at 7:21

Are you running php? I think your problem is not in apache httpd.conf but in php.ini.

See this: http://php.net/manual/en/ini.core.php#ini.default-charset "In PHP 5.6 onwards, "UTF-8" is the default value and its value is used as the default character encoding ..."


Those two different solutions worked for me :

1° Add this into the vhost:

php_value default_charset ISO-8859-1

2° Put

default_charset = "ISO-8859-1"

into /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini (on Debian)


Try adding following option to your vhost config:

php_value default_charset ISO-8859-1

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