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SQL Server Comparing Cyrillic Characters with Latin ones

Hi,

I have a table (AlphabetTable) with the following columns:
RussianCharacter, GermanCharacter

I want to query like this:

select GermanCharacter from AlphabetTable where RussianCharacter = 'и'

My SQL Server has the following collation: Latin1_General_CI_AS

My query always returns no rows even though all the Russian characters are entered into the table. This is for a very basic function that translates a customer name entered in Cyrillic.

Assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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milesryoung
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David ToddSenior DBACommented:
Hi,

The collations of the two expressions being compared needs to be the same.

What are your collation settings?

The collate keyword can be used to cast the collation of a string in a comparision.

Neither the SQL 2000 or the SQL 2005 BOL had good examples - COLLATE (Transact-SQL) was the best imo.

HTH
  David
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imitchieCommented:
what the the column types for GermanCharacter and RussianCharacter, nvarchar?
if it is, then use
select GermanCharacter from AlphabetTable where RussianCharacter = N'russiantext'

you can also try
select GermanCharacter from AlphabetTable where RussianCharacter = 'russiantext' collate database_default
(or the N'russiantext') version
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milesryoungAuthor Commented:
Hi, thanks for the help.

Both columns are type nvarchar(4) and your first solution works fine when I type in the query in query window with a russian character within single quotes. I.E. N'x'

That is a solution to my original question so I'll accept it as the solution but if I pass a character from a stored procedure to a function, how can I make use of that "N"? I.E. N'@myCharacter'



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imitchieCommented:
as long as you pass them around as nvarchar, you should be fine. i.e.

declare @param nvarchar(10) set @param = N'somerussian'
exec myproc @param      <--- passing as nvarchar

create proc myproc ( @myvalue nvarchar(10)  ....   << receiving as nvarchar
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