[wp-testers] DB_CHARSET and DB_COLLATE in wp-config.php
yahgrp at poplarware.com
Fri May 4 15:00:57 GMT 2007
Michael E. Hancock wrote:
> With 2.2, there's slated two additional values in wp-config.php, DB_CHARSET
> and DB_COLLATE, for users to consider.
> In getting ready for the 2.2 release, I've made a working copy of the Edit
> wp-config.php document at
> I'm interested in comments on the "Database character set" and "Database
> collate" sections I've added to that document. Is what I've described
I was left with a few questions when reading these sections. I am not
sure if the answers belong there -- maybe you are planning to answer
them in the Converting Database Character Sets document, which doesn't
seem to exist yet? But I think the average user might at least want a
brief explanation of what character set and collation are (see c
below), and who should be worried about them.
Here are my questions [and possibly correct answers I dug around to find]:
a) If I have an existing wp-config file, do I need to add DB_COLLATE
and DB_CHARSET to it when I upgrade to 2.2?
[I am not sure what the answer is; probably not for most people?]
b) What are the possible values, and why would anyone want to change
[I am not sure about who really needs to change the defaults --
non-European languages? List of possible values is at
c) Where can I find out more about collation and character sets?
[ http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/charset-general.html ]
d) What does WP use these values for?
[From reading the code, I think WP uses them to define the character
set/collation when creating new database tables (probably not when
altering existing tables?). WP also uses the character set in a SET
NAMES call when first connecting to MySQL, but I don't know enough
about the subject to comment on how this would affect the user.]
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