I am trying to write UTF-8 text to my database, using VBA with MyODBC. My program has no problems until it encounters any data with non-ASCII text.

The string contains a "less-than-or-equal" sign, code 8806. I can save the string to a file, and open it up with no problems. The character has not been corrupted.

When I try to write the data to the database, I get a "multi-step operation generated errors" message. I entered it into a field manually, but when I read it back, the character has been garbled, and now has code 8240.

I am using MySQL 4.1.7, and MyODBC 3.5.1.

Here is my code:
Dim conn As ADODB.Connection
Dim RS As New ADODB.Recordset
Dim strTitle As String

'connect to MySQL server using MySQL ODBC 3.51 Driver
Set conn = New ADODB.Connection
conn.ConnectionString = "DRIVER={MySQL ODBC 3.51 Driver};" _
& "SERVER=;" _
& " DATABASE=patentdb;" _
& "UID=root;PWD=6aWfygIop; OPTION=3" & _

RS.CursorLocation = adUseClient

' strTitle gets the data to be written to the database
strTitle = GetData()

' a blank RS is opened, and the data is written to a new record
RS.Open "SELECT * FROM bibliodata WHERE 1 = 0", conn, adOpenForwardOnly, adLockOptimistic
RS.fields("InventionTitle") = strTitle ' fails here

Any takers?