The default character encoding for SiteMesh is ISO-8859-1. Also, SiteMesh assumes that the underlying platform encoding is also ISO-8859-1.
To support an international market, you can switch to the new standard UTF-8.
The process of using UTF-8 requires some adjustments to SiteMesh and possibly adjustments to the following layers,
- Servlet Container
- Server Operating System
- Server Database if one is being used