My daughter is blogging from China. She wants to insert Chinese characters occasionally into her post so that she can explain what these mean. She has a Mac, which lets her type these quickly. When she tried to post them, she got ?? symbols. I checked the blog theme (TwentyEleven) and it's HTML5 and has this tag:
<meta charset="UTF-8" />
So, she's doing that properly at least. I imagine she'll need some kind of plugin that lets her use a shortcode or something in order to properly display the character. What plugin do you suggest?
Note that I may have needed to turn on UTF-8 setting in MySQL, that it might have been MySQL that was the problem? When you use Fantastico in cPanel to create a blog, it sets the encoding to Latin1 instead of UTF8. So, I had to use phpMyAdmin to find her blog database (difficult -- you have to click wp_options table and see if it's the right blog database). Then, I clicked the SQL tab and pasted the following, then clicked Go:
alter table wp_posts convert to character set utf8 collate utf8_general_ci;
I will report back if this fixes it.