Some languages (like Romanian) have special characters (diacritics, often called accent marks). It’s generally useful to remove diacritic marks from characters, for example when you create an index with Solr.
If you wanted to set the default value using hibernate annotations, you’ve probably had some difficulties, as it was the case for me. Some posts on the web talk about default values to the members of the Java class.
I’ve been meaning to write these thoughts for a long time. I have been using Dojo from version 0.2.x (almost two years) and I have promoted Dojo in all the projects I’ve been involved. Long story short – I was and still am – a huge fan of Dojo.