Special characters in page title

Hello, fellow Yii people!

Is there any way to show special characters in the page title?

when I use

$this->pageTitle=Yii::app()->name . ' - Campañas';

it shows in the title:


and when I use

$this->pageTitle=Yii::app()->name . ' - Campañas';

it throws me this error:

htmlspecialchars() [<a href='function.htmlspecialchars'>function.htmlspecialchars</a>]: Invalid multibyte sequence in argument

Is there any way to show correctly the title without modifying the core?

Thanks for the help :)

Just a guess because I haven’t come across this before.

Are you setting the character encoding before the <title>?


<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">

// HTML5

<meta charset="utf-8">


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

Hello outrage

Yes, the charset is on the layout, but I think that the problem is more between the view and the framework.


Just for the record, I’ll state what I did.

  1. encode the title as follows:

$this->pageTitle=Yii::app()->name . utf8_encode(' - Campa&ntilde;as');

  1. set the page encoding to UTF-8

<meta charset="UTF-8">

  1. finally AND MOST IMPORTANT in the <title> tag, remove the



that did the trick!

I know this is an old Thread, but since I just stumbled upon it through the Forum Search, I guess others might as well. So:

Do NOT do this! Do not remove the CHtml::encode() (or Html::encode()), unless you know exactly what you are doing.

Why this could be potentially dangerous is explained very well in this answer on Stackoverflow:


(I’m sorry, this is one of my first posts, so I’m not allowed to properly embed links in posts yet.)