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European character sets?

From: Louis Bertrand <louis(at)bertrandtech(dot)on(dot)ca>
To: pgsql-php(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: European character sets?
Date: 2000-09-18 13:21:07
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I am developing a little database (PHP3+PostgreSQL) that needs to handle
non-english characters in the names (people being somewhat touchy when you
misspell their names).

I know very little about international (ISO?) character sets and I need
some RTFM references or hints to get started in the right direction.

Is it sufficient to set everything in the correct character set?
Do I need to do anything special for sorting (I hope the collating order
is handled correctly).

I'm also worried about searches: for example, if an english user selects
LIKE "Du%", I don't think he'll find "Durer" with u-umlaut.  It seems to
me I'd have to handle this by substituting a regexp for each letter likely
to have special forms?

Confused and thankful in advance
 --Louis  <louis(at)bertrandtech(dot)on(dot)ca> 

Louis Bertrand
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