May 05, 2005

goowy does unicode

the newest webmail kid on the block goowy has just implemented unicode in their super-cool flash based webmail. originally the beta didn't support unicode and as usual, i was complaining a blue streak about them not supporting unicode and even gave them a public "bah humbug" for that. gary benitt, one of the founders of goowy, publicly stated they would be implementing unicode this week and by golly they sure did (i imagine it was in the works for weeks, unless they are the world's fastest flash coders). i just ran my standard unicode test against it and it passed "a-ok". this is one of the very rare occasions that i have to take back a "bah humbug" (not that many people pay attention one way or the other but i like to keep the record straight).

so, if you're looking for a modern flash-based webmail, then certainly give goowy a spin.


At 5/05/2005 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Paul

We have an existing CFMX - MySQL application, and are planning to support unicode in the near future.

I'm having problems finding info on how to do this properly, especially converting an existing MySQL all it's data from ISO-8859-1 to UTF-8.

Can you point me to some good information on how to convert an app to unicode?

Regards, Thomas

At 5/07/2005 11:29 PM, Blogger PaulH said...

iso-8859-1 is a subset of unicode (more or less, no idea what mysql would be doing to some of yoru data though). i would guess create a new db using utf-8 & transfer over the old data. i guess you might look at this:

At 10/07/2005 12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Paul,
I have an issue with flash forms and unicode. I am trying to implement Armenian language support through unicode for my application (, for example). Problem is that when i am typing in directly into fields, it shows questionmarks, but when i am pasting content from Word, or anywhere else, it works just fine. I've did everything with styles adding Unicode typeface, doesnt help. Please help.
Thank you in advance
Mika (


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