Encoding problems, applying a patch, how to???

So, i'm facing issues with encoding, since I need to write an
application in portuguese-brazilian.

This is the error i'm getting: "incompatible character encodings:
UTF-8 and ASCII-8BIT"

The curious thing is that i have a few other views with "special"
characters, like Á or Ç, and all of them works. I have saved this view
using the UTF-8 char encoding and also, as you can see, added the
#enconding: UTF-8 comment in the top of the code. The yes_or_no method
returns both words "Sim" or "Não", but that actually works, since I
added the enconding comment. I recently added the word "Descrição" to
the view itself, and the word "Próximo" to the will_paginate method at
the bottom, and both fires the same error.

So, I found a patch over the internet wich is supposed to fix it, but
i really don't know how to apply it. So, first, where do I have to
place the patch file, and then, what code should I use to run the
patch?

here is the view code, in case anybody can help me in another way:

<% # encoding: UTF-8

%>

<h1>Projects</h1>
<p><%= link_to "New Project", :action => "edit" %></p>
<% if flash[:notice] %>
<p style="color: green; font-style: italic"><%= flash[:notice] %></p>
<% end %>
<table border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="1">
  <tr>
    <th>Name</th>
  <th>Descrição</th>
  <th>Ativo</th>
  <th colspan="2">Acoes</th>

  </tr>
  <% @projects.each do |project| %>
  <tr>
    <td><%= project.name %></td>
  <td><%= project.description %></td>
   <td><%= yes_or_no?(project.active?) %></td>
  <td><%= link_to 'Editar', { :action=> :edit , :id => project.id } %></

  <td><%= link_to 'Apagar', { :action=> :delete, :id =>
project.id}, :confirm => "Tem certeza?" %></td>
  </tr>
  <% end %>
</table>
<%= will_paginate @projects, {:previous_label => "", :next_label =>
"Próximo" } %>

please, any light?

Hello,
I'm having the same exact problem - I'm developing an app in french.
Let me know if you figure out how to apply the patch and I'll do the
same.

E

oh actually someone replied to my post:

http://groups.google.com/group/rubyonrails-talk/browse_thread/thread/e783f403919ec952/e8d18d777d44778b#e8d18d777d44778b

I'll try the suggestion out and hopefully have some luck.