Re: FW: Unicode in multi-lingual databases

From: Ričardas Čepas (
Date: Wed Apr 05 2000 - 15:08:58 EDT

On Wed Apr 5 09:55:46 2000 -0800 Magda Danish (Unicode) wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Liz Robertson []
> Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2000 4:46 AM
> To:
> Subject: Unicode in multi-lingual databases
> I don't know if you can help me, but I would be so grateful if you can
> either advise or point me in the right direction for advice. We are
> intending to set up a multi-lingual website built on a database, but
> have just discovered that the database (MySQL, Linux) does not support
> Unicode. We were assuming that it would be neccessary to support Unicode
> so that email or forms submitted from the site would be correct on
> arrival at the host. But I have also been told that Unicode would not be
> necessary to do this as there are "workarounds". Can you give me a
> definite answer to this problem so that we know whether to purchase a
> different database?
        You can store UTF-8 in MySQL if you do not depend on right sorting
- but sorting is language dependant anyway. PostgreSQL among free DB's
have some support of Unicode. There are other commercial ones of cource.
You may want to look at Unicode HOWTO.

                                      Ričardas Čepas

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