How to rule all Char-Sets with mySQL/Unicode
Posted by: Haberg
Date: February 21, 2006 04:16AM

My approach:

Currently we still use mySQL 3.X with some PHP-Applications. All stored text
in mySQL is of course ISO-8859-1 (Latin1).

Now we need to move up and open our apps. to german, russian, chinese,... users.

As we know they all have different default char-sets Win1252, Win1251, Big-5,....

... which should be stored in the same table columns of our application databases.

In my opinion the only solution will be:

Because we cannot store different char-sets in the same tablecolumn, we have to use UTF-8 on the Database:

- Move to MySQL 4.1
- Convert the existing data to UTF-8
- USE “SET NAMES UTF-8” on all connections
- Set the default char-set of the php-Application to UTF-8

I’m not sure about the client side (Browser). UTF-8 is therefore needed to be installed? Does it come with all OS?

Thanks for all help.

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