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  1. #1
    romina is offline Member
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    Default Convert some special characters stored in a MySql

    I am trying to convert some special characters stored in a MySql DB for display in Java.
    Among the things I would like to convert are "ễ" to "ễ", "ç" to "", "ü" to "", etc.
    My jdbc connection is
    Java Code:
    I'v tried with no luck:
    Java Code:
    byte[] stringBytes = dbString.getBytes();
    String str = new String(stringBytes , "UTF-8");
    A SHOW VARIABLES LIKE 'character_set%'; in mySql produces this:
    Java Code:
    character_set_client utf8
    character_set_connection utf8
    character_set_database latin1
    character_set_results utf8
    character_set_server latin1
    character_set_system utf8
    character_sets_dir C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 4.1\share\charsets/

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    trill is offline Member
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    According to this website, latin1 is this charset: ISO-8859-1
    Supported Encodings

    And my charset for my MySql DB is character_set_database latin1.

    So. Whatever I did to make it UTF-8 didn't work. It was still latin1 coming out. Basically, characterEncoding=UTF-8 and String str = new String(stringBytes , "UTF-8"); didn't work.

    So, I finally assumed that it was latin1 coming back all the time. Here's the code that converts it to UTF-8:
    Java Code:
    	private String convertStringFromLatin1ToUTF8(String stringForconversion) {
    		try {
    			String stringToConvert = stringForconversion;
    			byte[] convertStringToByte = stringToConvert.getBytes("ISO-8859-1");
    			return new String(convertStringToByte, "UTF-8");
    		} catch (UnsupportedEncodingException e) {
    			System.out.println"convert String FAILED: " + stringForconversion + "<br/>");
    			return stringForconversion;

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