Hello everybody. This is my first post to this list.
I'm not (yet) familiar with Rails i18n, but I'm quite familiar with Ruby
1.9 and with internationalization in general.
For the problem below, please try to find out which side uses ASCII-8BIT
(Ruby speak for ASCII plus 8-bit data of unknown encoding, also used for
binary data) and which side uses UTF-8. By 'side', I mean the database
side and the side that's providing the translation strings.
Then, assuming that you are dealing with UTF-8, have a closer look at
how to have the side that's currently labeling data as ASCII-8BIT change
#-# Martin J. Dürst, Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University