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Inside MySQL Character Sets & Settings

Oct 15, 2010, 15:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Hull)

"MySQL has sophisticated character set support, and can store, retrieve and collate single byte, and multi-byte character sets alike. Sean Hull explores using non-default character sets and settings, which use the hierarchy to control these settings.

"What Are Character Sets Generally?

"Character sets are ways of storing string or text data in a database. Since the world's languages use different character sets for their writing systems, a database must support many different types of character sets to store information in those languages. For Western European languages, for example, there are alphabets with many overlapping characters, but in addition some require accents, different currency characters, and so on. For Asian languages with many more characters, a multi-byte character set is required since one byte is not large enough to store all the characters that can be represented in that language."

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