Re: [OT] Unicode-compatible SQL?

From: Tague Griffith (
Date: Mon Jan 29 2001 - 21:54:58 EST

My recomendation for using Unicode with a database would be Oracle.
Oracle supports Unicode (as UTF-8) quite well and has the language data
for many locales as part of the universal install. I also prefer that
it is easier to configure the database character set independently of
the OS localization and that you aren't limited to using nvarchar,
nchar, etc. datatypes if you want to use Unicode.

SQLServer also has Unicode support through the use of nvarchar, nchar,
etc datatypes which are always UCS-2. SQLServer will probably be a
cheaper and simpler option to install (although i don't find the Oracle
install all that complex).

Unfortunately, MySQL currently doesn't support Unicode, possibly in a
future version.


Elaine Keown wrote:
> Hello,
> A friend who is off-list asked me to inquire about Unicode-compatible SQL and database options. He has been told that Microsoft SQL is now available in Unicode, but he usually uses the Macintosh. What other options are there now in the various kinds of databases, probably on the smaller end of the scale?
> He's interested in the database having the capability of having a Web front-end--I think that's absolutely critical for him. He's doing Hebrew and a tiny bit of Aramaic in his project, so I think he would need at least Unicode 2.0 compatibility, with Unicode 3.0 the best choice.
> Elaine Keown
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