Forum OpenACS Q&A: Response to Howto setup openacs 4.5 / aolserver 3.4.2 / postgres 7.2 on SuSE 8.0 for german correctly?

To get accented characters to work, your database should be initialized in an encoding that supports them (preferably in UNICODE). If it's currently in wrong encoding, you can dump the database, delete it, re-initialize it in UNICODE, and restore from the dump (warning: dump-restore procedure in 4.5. requires a couple of patches during restore phase to work correctly; search the forum).

If this doesn't fix it, try also to apply the patches at ...packages/acs-lang/ACS4.1b-PATCHES/