(PHP 5 >= 5.2.3)
mysql_set_charset — Sets the client character set
Sets the default character set for the current connection.
A valid character set name.
The MySQL connection. If the link identifier is not specified, the last link opened by mysql_connect() is assumed. If no such link is found, it will try to create one as if mysql_connect() was called with no arguments. If no connection is found or established, an E_WARNING level error is generated.
Returns TRUE on success or FALSE on failure.
This function requires MySQL 5.0.7 or later.
This is the preferred way to change the charset. Using mysql_query() to execute SET NAMES .. is not recommended.