Re: what format does the characters get stored in database

From: Christopher John Fynn (
Date: Thu Nov 04 1999 - 22:13:34 EST

Bhupesh Vora wrote:

<< I am new to this area can any one tell me that if the application written
in hindi ( or any language ) how will it store in database ie in which
format it stores in database (does it stores the characters), how it is
retrived from database and displayed the stored the values in database.

does it stores unicode value for the character or the character it self or
in the binary form...

your comments on this will be highly appreciated

Bhups, >>

A database application with fields containing Unicode text for Hindi would
store the character values and not the index values for the glyphs in a
Devanagri font. There are several formats in which these Unicode characters
could be stored including UTF-8 and UTF-16. Which of these formats would be
used depends on the database and/or the operating system you are using. To
display the stored Unicode text properly the windowing environment or
application needs to have a rendering system that properly maps the stored
characters to glyphs in a font and then displays them. To properly display
Devanagri this system requires cntext sensitive glyph substitution. Such
facilities will be available in operating systems like Windows 2000 (NT 5)
and version 9 of the Macintosh operating system.

You should probably read:

- Chris

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