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Hey,

I am beginning to develop a website that the client requires language support for English and Korean (basically swap languages at the click of a button).  We have the content from the website in Resource files that can be swapped and the rest of the content stored in a DB from a content manager system. Page loads, grabs the content in EN or KR and displays it.  Now of course my main concern is the Korean. The end user has access to our content managerment system and has their computer configuration to enter in Korean text. So Is there any special setup I need in my database to store the korean content? Requirements on the web server or site to display the korean?  Best practices for such a website?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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by:Carl Tawn
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Well, you'll need to use NCHAR and NVARCHAR in order to cater for the unicode characters, other than that you shouldn't need to do anything specific.

The web server will just churn out whatever it is told to, it's the client browser that needs to be able to interpret and display the character set.
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Oh boy..

Thanks carl for your response.  So the client entered in some Korean into our Content Manager.  Through the content manager we are able to see the Korean entered in correctly. In the database you can see the odd character encoding in the table.  When we go pull the information from the database to display on the website (populate a ASP.label) and after we select Korean encoding in the browser, the text does not appear to be korean but another east asian language and [?] characters scattered randomly. (see below)

¿¿¿¿¿ ¿?¿¿ ¿¿¿(NRTs)¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿. ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿?¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿. ¿

are there any other settings that need to be set?  in the database? in the html tag (we tried lang='ko' and       <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" /> but no success.

Thanks for your time.
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by:lino_evolution
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ignore the sample i copied and pasted.. looks like i cant copy the unknown Asian text.  
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Do you have the East Asian Languages installed in Windows?
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I go to IE and select VIEW->ENCODING->KOREAN  is that not sufficient.  I guess these were default settings when the desktop was setup.  Where do i find these language packs?  Are the browser specific? or OS Specific?
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Carl Tawn earned 500 total points
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No, the encoding tells the browser what language to expect, but if the OS doesn't have the ability to display that language (i.e. doesn't have the correct character set installed) then it will still show as garbage.

Language pack install instructions:

    http://www.jp41.com/internet-explorer/korean/
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Boom! that was it! Thanks!
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