simple realtime search not working with utf8 on rails 1.2

hey all,
I have this peace of code:

# new.rhtml:
<% form_tag :action => 'create' do %>
  <%= render :partial => 'form' %>
  <%= submit_tag "Create" %>
<% end %>

# _form.rhtml:
<p><label for="list_title">Title</label><br/>
<%= text_field 'list', 'title' %></p>

<%= observe_field 'list_title', :frequency => 0.5,
         :update => 'results', :url =>
         { :controller => 'lists', :action=> 'search' },
         :with => "'list[title]=' + escape(value)" %>
<!--[eoform:list]-->

<div id="results">
</div>

#controller:
  def search
@title = params['list']['title']
@titles = List.find(:all,:conditions=>['title like ?', "%#{@title}%"])
  end

it works great, as I type results are displayed in my results div. But
if I try to enter letters with accents like éçèà then nothing get
displayed. as an exemple if I type 'test éàç' in the text box I get
from development.log:

Processing ListsController#search (for 127.0.1.1 at 2007-01-20 00:28:11) [POST]
  Session ID: 4fa4b22bbeed42322744501e09eb5601
  Parameters: {"list"=>{"title"=>"test "}, "action"=>"search",
"controller"=>"lists"}
  List Load (0.001703) SELECT * FROM lists WHERE (title like '%test %')

any idea how to make it see unicode stuff right?

thanx in advance

Pat

ok, it works great if replace escape(value) with value :slight_smile:
is it better to use escape though?