Originally Posted by Fou-Lu
You can't do much about that at a string comparator level. PHP isn't natively UTF8, so all you can do is look at using the mb_string library and the iconv for any work to do with multibyte strings. If the entity is actually in the #8211, than I'd suggest replacing the entity with the actual hyphen character instead.
Ok thanks. I don't have much control over the feed as it's done by WP, but I have thought about formatting the data before it's passed to SimpleXML, guess that's the way I will have to do it.