PHP Snippet – Proper UTF-8 And GZip With Buffers-Handling And Content-Length Header And Ratio Information

  1. first, set up internal engine to UTF-8.

    setlocale(LC_ALL, "he_IL.UTF-8");
    1. start the GZIP buffer
    2. start the internal-engine-buffer (now set for UTF-8).
    3. notice that the implicit flush is set twice, keep it.
  2. use your PHP script as usual,
    echo content, print, print_r, var_dump, etc..

    for example:

    echo str_repeat("-=á黪ğřƳȪȭDZȌȢɸʌΈΣϣொᆕᶙṕℳℱⅧ⅜⇦∬⓲┲▶➂ⶴは㌵㠩דוזחטש", 3000);
  3. script end:
    we will close the buffers and flush them, in a backward-order

    this will enable us to collect data on the each of the output’s-length too!
    (I found it so interesting I will actually write some extra headers with the information..)

    1. (optionally)store size-of the raw output.
    2. close and flush the raw output.
    3. (optionally)store size-of the mb (UTF-8) buffered output.
    4. close and flush the mb_outputhandler (UTF-8) buffered output.
    5. (optionally)store size-of the mb (UTF-8) buffered output.
    6. close and flush the ob_gzhandler (GZIP) buffered output.
    $content_length__raw = ob_get_length();
    ob_end_flush(); //close the raw output which will be dumped into the internal engine buffer.
    $content_length__utf8 = ob_get_length();
    ob_end_flush(); //close the internal-engine buffer, which will be dumped into the gzip engine buffer.
    $content_length__gzip = ob_get_length();
  4. at this point the value of content_length__gzip is actually the Content-Length header value since its the real output length (the final layer).

  5. write the Content-Length header.

    header('Content-Length: ' . $content_length__gzip);
  6. any additional headers should be written now.
    for example:

    header('Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8');

  • the easiest way is to wrap it all in few functions..
    here is a complete example, that will write an additional interesting information as headers (why headers? well, naturally, altering with the body of the response will change the measurements.. so headers is the best way..)
  • the result will look like so: