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Subject: Broken Unicode
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Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 17:35:32 +0000 UTC
Newsgroups: macromedia.coldfusion.getting_started
Never thought I would have a problem with unicode, but here it is.

 The web site I am working on is ColdFusion MX7 and mySQL 5.0.45. The data in 
the DB is UTF-8 encoded, collation is set to utf8_general_ci. The output of the 
data from DB is valid, all characters are displayed properly.

 Problem starts when I try to update records via site's web interface. I have 
attached a piece of code as an example (the whole query is rather large) to 
show that there is no charset messing in the query itself. However, whenever I 
post unicode characters (the site is bilingual, English and Russian) they get 
converted to something weird. For example, small Russia letters "a" converted 
into number 0, "b" into number 1 and so on. So whenever I try to post something 
like "???????" - I get a bunch of numbers and symbols, some of which are 
 I talked to the hosting support for 2 days already, but they still 
"investigating", which sort of leads me to think they have no clue.

 <cfquery datasource="skazkaf_skazka">
   UPDATE Products SET Catalog=
   <cfif IsDefined("FORM.Catalog") AND #FORM.Catalog# NEQ "">
   , ProductName=
   <cfif IsDefined("FORM.ProductName") AND #FORM.ProductName# NEQ "">
    , ProductName_Rus=
   <cfif IsDefined("FORM.ProductName_Rus") AND #FORM.ProductName_Rus# NEQ "">

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