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I'm trying to take data from varchar fields in one table and copy it to Nvarchar fields in another table. (Long story - now dealing with multiple languages, not enough space in row in current table for multiple Nvarchar fields...).

I know how to insert new text into the Nvarchar fields:

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  1. INSERT INTO tblNotes ( noteID, note )
  2. SELECT 1, N'This is a unicode note'
but the problem I'm having is when I'm pulling the text to insert from another table:

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  1. INSERT INTO tblNotes ( noteID, note )
  2. SELECT tblEvents.eventID, tblEvents.eventTitle
  3. FROM tblEvents;
How do I indicate that the "eventTitle " field should be inserted as Unicode? I can't add a preceding 'N' to it as I would if directly inserting data.

Thanks for any insight.
Aug 10 '09 #1
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Jerry Winston
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Try using COLLATE in your SELECT statement.

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  1. SELECT myField1COLLATE [SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS] FROM someTable 
As it turns out SQL Server 2005 uses UCS-2 encoding scheme to simulate Unicode support. So there's really no Unicode UTF-8 collation in SQL 2005. Yes, I know the universe is encoded in UTF but MS picked something obscure for its encoding...
Aug 12 '09 #2

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