Migrating MySQL latin1 to utf8 – Preparation

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Migrating MySQL latin1 to utf8

Before undertaking such migration the first step is a lesson in understanding more about how latin1 and utf8 work and interact in MySQL. latin1 in a common and historical character set used in MySQL. utf8 first available in MySQL Version 4.1 is an encoding supporting multiple bytes and is the system default in MySQL 5.0

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