Question: I'm trying to insert Arabic character from coldfusion 8 into mysql 4.1 DB the DB collation is utf8_unicode_ci The form is in utf-8 enicoding. When I use the php mysql admin and try to inset Arabic it works fine but when I use coldfusion I get ?????????? Any idea? ------------ Answer: assuming that the db is correctly setup for unicode and that you're using JDBC driver (not ODBC) then: add useUnicode=true&characterEncoding=utf8 to the connection string box found in the advanced menu for that DSN.