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PROPERCASING IN SQLSERVER

SpencerM
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Does anybody know of a quick TSQL function to propercase text in SQLServer.

This is the sort of things I'm trying at the moment:

UPDATE c_comprof SET c_name = LOWER(c_name)

      UPDATE c_comprof SET c_name = UPPER( SUBSTRING( c_name,1,1 ) ) +
      SUBSTRING( c_name,2,100)
      
      WHILE PATINDEX( '%[ ][a-z]%',c_name )

            UPDATE c_comprof SET c_name =
            SUBSTRING( c_name,1,PATINDEX( '%[ ][a-z]%',c_name ) ) +
            UPPER( SUBSTRING( c_name,PATINDEX( '%[ ][a-z]%',c_name )+1,1 ) ) +
            SUBSTRING( c_name,PATINDEX( '%[ ][a-z]%',c_name )+2,100 )

This tack would work if only the PATINDEX function recognised [a-z] as
lowercase and [A-Z] as upper.
It's driving me NUTS

SPENCER MOULSON
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You know, you really need more logic than this to "properly" proper case strings.  If you are working with names, for instance, McGee will give you a problem woth your logic.  This is really a problem ripe for a small basic (or other language) program that reads the table, modifies the columns in question, and updates them in proper case.  In that instance, there are many libraries (and I can give you some source in basic) that proper case a text string.  Then,  you need to set your edit systems to proper case before they send in, and your server to be case insensitive on compares.


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That's fine but I need to do this within the SQLServer Script.
I'm aware that 'Mc's and 'apostrophy  S's cause difficulties but these are secondary issues that I can work with later.
Spencer,

I understand the first part of your statement but I have a question before I can give you a useful function to solve this problem... are you trying to ProperCase EVERY word in a text string or just the first word? Thanks

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