I'm in a bit of a pickle and am hoping someone will set me in the right direction. The problem I'm trying to solve is in the context of a web application. The user types a character string in the browser, then we use AJAX to pass the user's string to the server, which persists the string to the DB. All pretty normal stuff. The problem arises when the user's string contains international symbols.
I'm thinking I'll try to introduce SSL to my development box in an effort to reproduce the problem ... but I'm wondering if I'm wasting my time. Has any one ever seen AJAX+SSL cause encoding problems (like the one I describe above)?
I did eventually figure this out. And the problem had nothing to do with SSL. For anyone else who needs to solve a similar problem, the root cause for me was an uber-old application server that didn't properly decode UTF-8.