Using 1.05 to set up a UTF-8 site

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Using 1.05 to set up a UTF-8 site

Post by nengrong » Wed Jan 04, 2006 3:11 pm

Hello,

I plan to have a fresh setup a website. UTF-8 is critical for this site.

SInce Joomla V1.1 belta or stable is still far away, and I have waited for too long, now I am considering using V1.05 stable.

My question is: what's the necessary modifications for making 1.0.5 working for utf-8?

I edited the english language file in backend CP, modifying charset=utf-8, this make the utf-8 displayable. Is this sufficient? Any other modifications? Need to re-save some iso-8859-1 files to utf-8 encoding?

Thanks.
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Re: Using 1.05 to set up a UTF-8 site

Post by Aris Ntatsis » Wed Jan 04, 2006 7:20 pm

You have to uncomment line 102 of the includes/database.php file!
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Re: Using 1.05 to set up a UTF-8 site

Post by davidgal » Fri Jan 06, 2006 11:14 am

nengrong wrote: My question is: what's the necessary modifications for making 1.0.5 working for utf-8?
A quick guideline to getting Joomla 1.0 to work with utf-8 is as follows:
- use MySQL version 4.1.2 or newer (older versions don't support utf-8).
- create an empty database manually before installing Joomla. Set the character set to utf8 with some collation (utf8_general_ci).
- set 'charset=utf-8' in the _ISO define in the language file
- As macman mentioned, you may need to uncomment one line of code in the includes/database.php file at about line 102 (second line below)

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		$this->_table_prefix = $table_prefix;
 //@mysql_query("SET NAMES 'utf8'", $this->_resource);    // THIS IS THE LINE TO UNCOMMENT
		$this->_ticker = 0;
		$this->_log = array();
Please note that the above does not make Joomla 1.0.x fully utf-8 compatible. All string functions will still be using singlebyte character functions. This works well in most cases. There could be some instances of garbage characters especially with diacritic Latin characters.
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