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    Question Greek and English for chemical names


    Hi all, I'm very new to MySQL and PHP. We need to create a database that holds scientific info on chemicals including name and spectral data (can contain Greek characters in addition to English). For example: β-Ergocryptam.

    Can we use Hex (&#945) or Decimal (&#x3B1) for the Greek beta character?

    We will manually enter the info into the database and will need to retrieve info using PHP.

    Thanks in advance.
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    The database will allow you to enter the characters &#945 and &#x3B1 into a field.

    If you're asking whether MySQL or PHP will understand those sequences of characters as the letter β, the answer is no, they won't. As a consequence, if you were trying to do something like search for all chemicals that started with a β, you would not find any.

    However, if you display that sequence of characters in a web browser that processes HTML it will show the special character.
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    We do want the user to be able to search by the chemical name. How can this be done?
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    Just enter the letter β and make sure you're using utf-8 encoding for everything.
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    Originally Posted by Spad
    Ah USB, the only rectangular connector where you have to make 3 attempts before you get it the right way around
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    Thanks E-Oreo.

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