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Problem displaying Arabic text from SQL server using ASP & Dreamweaver MX

Posted on 2003-11-16
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I am developing a website using ASP and SQL server.
I am using a windows 2000 professional and dreamweaver MX for development.

The problem is that the I am getting ????? (question marks) whenever a section of any page tries to show records from the database having Arabic text.
In the same page links written in arabic show up fine, but the problem is reading from database.

My ASP files are set as follows:
codepage=1256
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=Windows-1256">

What is the problem and how am i suppose to solve it?
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Question by:Samer Kharsa
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ap_sajith earned 250 total points
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Try adding this to the meta tags..
<%@CODEPAGE=1256%>
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; CHARSET=utf-8" >.

By the way, are you running the site from NT 4.0?. It doesnt have UTF-8 Support ...Read through this article for more details..
http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/0700/localize/default.aspx

Cheers!!
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by:txtphile
txtphile earned 250 total points
ID: 9777312
hi ... i am currently developing a multilanguage cms and one of languages is arabic and i had the same issue as yourself in the development cycle. If you are responsible for the content being posted into the database i would consider posting the arabic to the database as unicode. This has many advantages and i have found it useful for searching, caching and mixing the display with other langauges ...
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by:Samer Kharsa
ID: 9786028
Can you explain how to post using unicode?
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by:txtphile
ID: 9786085
good point .. well basically ... and this is the odd thing, my application does it naturally. e.g


&#1588;&#1585;&#1591;&#1577; &#1603;&#1575;&#1604;&#1610;&#1601;&#1608;&#1585;&#1606;&#1610;&#1575; &#1578;&#1589;&#1583;&#1585; &#1575;&#1605;&#1585; &#1575;&#1593;&#1578;&#1602;&#1575;&#1604; &#1604;&#1604;&#1605;&#1594;&#1606;&#1610; &#1575;&#1604;&#1575;&#1605;&#1585;&#1610;&#1603;&#1610; &#1575;&#1604;&#1588;&#1607;&#1610;&#1585;&#1548; &#1608;&#1575;&#1604;&#1605;&#1583;&#1593;&#1610; &#1575;&#1604;&#1593;&#1575;&#1605; &#1604;&#1604;&#1608;&#1604;&#1575;&#1610;&#1577; &#1610;&#1572;&#1603;&#1583; &#1575;&#1606; &#1602;&#1608;&#1575;&#1606;&#1610;&#1606;&#1607;&#1575; &#1602;&#1583; &#1578;&#1594;&#1610;&#1585;&#1578; &#1576;&#1593;&#1583; &#1606;&#1580;&#1575;&#1581; &#1580;&#1575;&#1603;&#1587;&#1608;&#1606; &#1601;&#1610; &#1575;&#1604;&#1575;&#1601;&#1604;&#1575;&#1578; &#1605;&#1606; &#1602;&#1590;&#1610;&#1577; &#1605;&#1605;&#1575;&#1579;&#1604;&#1577;.

Now why is that! i remember that this was not the case when we were using a rapid dev application like mx to test the principles. i would attempt a hand written sql insert into one field from one form element. and see whether it is mx ... failing this i have a js function that converts the string from a field to demical unicode suitable for html viewing. This could be used as a middle tier to convert the string before posting it to your db insert execution. let me see if i can dig it out ...
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by:txtphile
ID: 9797217
no answer so i am not sure you have tried my previous comment - it would be nice to have some feedback. In the meantime this is an example of converting strings to unicode .. it is i believe the answer to how to store your arabic text.


<%@LANGUAGE="VBSCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%>
<%
response.Write(request.form("unicode"))
response.Write("<br/><br/>")
response.Write(request.form("text"))
%>
<html>
<head>
<title>Untitled Document</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
</head>

<body>
<script>

function convertToUnicodeDecFull(source)
{
    result = '';
    for (i=0; i<source.length; i++)
        result += '&#' + source.charCodeAt(i) + ';';
    return result;
}

function convert()
{
form.unicode.value = convertToUnicodeDecFull(form.text.value);
}
</script>
<form action="" method="post" name="form" id="form">
  <textarea name="text" rows="10" id="text"></textarea>
  <input type="submit" name="Submit" onclick="convert()" value="Submit">
  <input name="unicode" type="hidden" id="unicode">
</form>
</body>
</html>
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