Forms Input Data - International Characters

How is forms data passed back from browsers set to use some
of the international two-byte character encodings. For instance, if a user in Japan using a browser inputs data into a form using Japanese characters, how will my application here see the data? Is there a way I can tell what character set (encoding) is being used?
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fasterCommented:
No, you can not tell.

For example, if the user input Chinese, a character may appear as 0xb40xA6, the browser will treat it like any binary data, simply urlencode it and send to your server.  From your CGI, after you decode, you will get back to 0xb40xA6, that is all you have.  You cgi should decide what to do with it.

I think normally you need not care.  Anyway, your cgi is not going to understand the meaning of input, right?  Unless you are doing translation.
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