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Cannot Store Chinese Characters In Oracle 9.2 Database

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I'm having trouble localizing my Oracle 9.2 / ASP web application for our Chinese-speaking users.

My Oracle 9.2 Database has NLS_NCHAR_CHARACTERSET set to AL16UTF16.

I've set up a test table thus:

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  2. (
  3. field1                     NVARCHAR2(40),
  4. field2                     NVARCHAR2(40)
  5. )
  6. /
I have the chinese character set installed on my database / web server (same box), as well as a test client machine. I can see chinese characters in my web browser, and can enter them in a test ASP page I've set up. When I execute an insert statement via ADO, the insert statement seems to work, but the result is that the data seems to be stored as upside-down question marks.

I thought perhaps the data was being somehow scrambled between the web app and the database, so I set up an external table import the chinese data from a unicode text file:
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  1. CREATE TABLE kenny.ch_import
  2.     (
  3.     FIELD1        NVARCHAR2(255),
  4.     FIELD2        NVARCHAR2(255)
  5.     )
  6.     ORGANIZATION EXTERNAL (TYPE oracle_loader
  7.     DEFAULT DIRECTORY ext_dat_dir
  11.     missing field values are null)
  12.     LOCATION (ext_dat_dir:'test_ch.txt'))
  13.     reject limit unlimited
  14. /
However, when I query the data in the external table using my web application, it comes back with garbage like "1" and the like.

I'd really appreciate any suggestions on what I could do next to determine exactly where the problem lies. I've not been able to convince myself that the database is correctly storing the chinese character data, but I appreciate equally that the problem could lie elsewhere.

Thanks in advance,

Kenny McEwan.
Jan 23 '07 #1
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