the snippet bellow, it retrieves some data from the db and renders it, it works find except that the rendered text in line echo "$um[jr_comment]"; is displayed like ??? ?????? ????? (question marks) when the letters are non-latin (they are Arabic letters) , is there a way to avoid that?
the rest of the page is displaying correctly because it is done thru joomla, that portion is the only non-standard part of the page that reads directly from the db.
$ans=mysql_query("SELECT * FROM `jr_review_fields`WHERE reviewid in ( $alist)");
$us=mysql_query("SELECT username FROM `jr_comments`WHERE `id` = '$um[revid]'");