Storing & retrieving a serialized hash in the DB is not working.

Hey all,

I am trying to find a way to store an hash of variable size (could be 3 pairs, could by 8 pairs) in a text field in the database. I have the following [simplified] setup:

# model   serialize :content

# controller   [all the normal create, edit, etc. stuf]

# view <% form_for @grading_scale do |f| %>     <%= f.text_field 'content[1][letter]' %>     <%= f.text_field 'content[1][grade]' %>     <%= f.text_field 'content[2][letter]' %>     <%= f.text_field 'content[2][grade]' %>       ...   <% end %>

This actually stores the correct data in the database and it even shows up in the view when I show <%= debug @scale %>. However, no matter how hard I try I cannot get it to display the data from the database in the text fields. I can change/add new data without problems but I can't show the user the data. What am I doing wrong?

Thanx!   Richard