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how do u store double byte character in MSSQL

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I'm using MSSQL 2000.

I'm trying to store double byte characters in it.
I created a table with only one field and use varchar (256).

However, it is not able to store the character as it is.
The character is converted into a question mark and store inside.

In the past, when I'm using Informix, I use something
call BLOB. And that works.
Is there an equivalent in MSSQL? Also, BLOB will be
a bit overkill as I'm storing labels like "CD Name",
"Author" etc.

Thanks in advanced.
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use nvarchar instead of varchar. it will store the string in unicode format (2-bytes per character)
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by:slok
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I tried the following:

1. create a field with nvarchar 256

2. go to a Chinese website like http://tw.yahoo.com
and copy a Chinese character and paste it into SQL Query
Analyser

3. From SQL Query Analyser, do a insert.
eg. insert into table (Name) values ('??');

4. the query executed without error.

5. However, it shows a question mark inside the
retrieved rows, when I do a retrieved from the table.

How can I verify that it is storing correctly?
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by:ibro
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this is a problem of the machine you are working on. Copy/Paste destroys the unicode in inproper - code page. I also have this problem when copy/paste from browser. Try to copy/paste in a text file. So I guess you have to reconfigure your machine to support the characters.
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btw if you look for equivalent of BLOB - there is. It's can be image, varbinary or binary. Look at BOL to see how to use these datatypes.
hope this helps
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by:slok
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do you mean installing the input locales for the global
input method?

I have that installed and tried to type in my own
Chinese characters.
Even then, it still shows question marks in it.

I have also tried copying and pasting from a text file
in UTF-8 encoding. It stills shows a question mark.

btw, I'm sticking with nvarchar. BOL/BLOB is overkill in
this case.

I'm going to adjust the points up as I'm asking
quite a fair bit here.
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by:slok
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I just figure out that Query Analyser doesn't 'supports'
double bytes. ie It doesn't display them properly.


I am able to key in and display in Enterprise Manager.

Thanks
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