As some of you know PHP doesn’t handle UTF-8 by default and that could lead to a terrible headache, at least till version 6 cames out.
Today I’ve spent some time looking for good articles on this subject. I’ve found two great articles that cover a lot of topics including strategies to use while working with MySQL:
Handling UTF-8 with PHP
Scripters UTF-8 Survival Guide
You can download the second one in PDF format and read it later.