HTTP input/output character encoding conversion may convert binary data also. Users are supposed to control character encoding conversion if binary data is used for HTTP input/output.
In PHP 4.3.2 or earlier versions, there was a limitation in this functionality that mbstring does not perform character encoding conversion in POST data if the enctype attribute in the form element is set to multipart/form-data. So you have to convert the incoming data by yourself in this case if necessary.
Beginning with PHP 4.3.3, if enctype for HTML form is set to multipart/form-data and mbstring.encoding_translation is set to On in php.ini the POST'ed variables and the names of uploaded files will be converted to the internal character encoding as well. However, the conversion isn't applied to the query keys.
There is no way to control HTTP input character conversion from a PHP script. To disable HTTP input character conversion, it has to be done in php.ini.
Example #1 Disable HTTP input conversion in php.ini
;; Disable HTTP Input conversion mbstring.http_input = pass ;; Disable HTTP Input conversion (PHP 4.3.0 or higher) mbstring.encoding_translation = Off
When using PHP as an Apache module, it is possible to override those settings in each Virtual Host directive in httpd.conf or per directory with .htaccess. Refer to the Configuration section and Apache Manual for details.
Example #2 php.ini setting example
;; Enable output character encoding conversion for all PHP pages ;; Enable Output Buffering output_buffering = On ;; Set mb_output_handler to enable output conversion output_handler = mb_output_handler
Example #3 Script example
// Enable output character encoding conversion only for this page
// Set HTTP output character encoding to SJIS
// Start buffering and specify "mb_output_handler" as
// callback function