cyrillic chars - unicode or koi8_ru
I am making a website, which will have pages also in Russian. I've managed to insert cyrillic characters in the mysql (3.23.55) database. But am I right assuming that Php 4.3.0 does not support koi8_ru charset.
The other option would be to use Unicode (UTF-8 ) But then, am I right assuming that Mysql 3.23.55 does not support Unicode. And I am not finding any documentation about whether Mysql 4.0 would support Unicode or not.
I am sort of a newbie to all this and I dread the idea of upgrading either Mysql or Php, because my previous experience tells me that with my inadequate skills the server will anyway be down for days (or even weeks).
What do you think would be the least trouble's way:
a) to upgrade PhP to support koi8_ru
b) to upgrade Mysql to support Unicode (will 4.0 do it?)
c) neither of the above. But what?
PS my server is SoL 16 which is a bit old distro, but because it's been running so smoothly and beautifully, I REALLY dread the idea of upgrading it. But can I count on it supporting Unicode? Again the documentation I find about it makes no mention about Unicode either way. But at least some configuration-xml-files in the system have encoding="UTF-8". Does that settle it?