I work with jboss-seam-2.0.0.BETA1, jboss-4.2.1.GA. On a xhtml the applicattion searchs on db depending on h:inputText Messages works correctly. The problem is that the application works on spanish lenagauge with characters as í á ñ... Words located on messages.properties are shown correctly on application. When the user type on h:inputText word as garcía , and press button search, the h:inputText, changes garcía to garcÃa. Xhtml is enoding as UTF-8.