I'm creating a form for sending private messages and want to set the
See for maximum numbers: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/storage-requirements.html
TINYBLOB, TINYTEXT L + 1 bytes, where L < 2^8 (255 Bytes) BLOB, TEXT L + 2 bytes, where L < 2^16 (64 Kilobytes) MEDIUMBLOB, MEDIUMTEXT L + 3 bytes, where L < 2^24 (16 Megabytes) LONGBLOB, LONGTEXT L + 4 bytes, where L < 2^32 (4 Gigabytes)
L is the number of bytes in your text field. So the maxmimum number of chars for text is 2^16 (using single-byte characters). Means 65535 chars(using single-byte characters).
UTF-8/MultiByte encoding: using MultiByte encoding each character might consume more than 1 byte of space. For UTF-8 space consumption is between 1 to 4 bytes per char.