What is the meaning of the letter "N" followed by an apostrophe (') before variables in SqlServer?

LennyGray used Ask the Experts™
I am learning SqlServer2008 and I see notation in an instructional book for variables that start with the letter "N" and then an apostrophe ('). Is that only for unicode backwards compatibility with prior versions of SqlServer? When am I supposed to use that syntax and when is it not necessary/appropriate?
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 N indicate string can contain unicode Characters also.
in short if you want to insert special and foreign language character, you have to use N for prefix.
you can have detailed description at below link:



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