Character Sets and Collation Orders

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This chapter discusses the following topics:

  • Available character sets and their corresponding collation orders
  • Character set storage requirements
  • Specifying default character set for an entire database
  • Specifying an alternative character set for a particular column in a table
  • Specifying a client application character set that the server should use when translating data between itself and the client
  • Specifying the collation order for a column
  • Specifying the collation order for a value in a comparison operation
  • Specifying the collation order in an ORDER BY clause
  • Specifying the collation order in a GROUP BY clause

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