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Unable to retrieve data when using Greek characters in statement


I'm trying to do retrieve some data from a table where the content is
in Greek, however, the
query is not working. It's a very simple statement, but I'm missing

Here is the table...

if exists (select * from dbo.sysobjects where id = object_id(N'[dbo].
[REPORT_LOCALE]') and OBJECTPROPERTY(id, N'IsUserTable') = 1)
drop table [dbo].[REPORT_LOCALE]

[TEXT_NAME] [nvarchar] (50) COLLATE SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS

The first statment shows me a number of rows. I copied the content of
the Text_Name column and paste
it into QA to form the second statement. However, the second statement
returns no data.

SELECT * FROM Report_Locale

SELECT * FROM Report_Locale WHERE Text_Name = 'Λογ.Διαχ. – Τρ.-*ρουπ.-

Hopefully the Greek characters will display properly within this post,
but the idea is basically to take the Greek text and build that into a
query. I can do the remainder later once I understand why this does
not work as I expect. I realise my expectation is based on doing
things in English so I need to understand the differences. We've done
this for various other languages using other character sets, which is
why I am puzzled.

Any pointers ?


Apr 26 '07 #1
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Ryan (ry********@hotmail.com) writes:
SELECT * FROM Report_Locale

SELECT * FROM Report_Locale WHERE Text_Name = '???.????. - ??.'?????.-

Hopefully the Greek characters will display properly within this post,
They didn't, but that's my newsreader that is not able to handle them.

Anwyay, you need to prefix the characater literal with N, to make it a
Unicode literal:

WHERE Text_Name = N'???.????...'

Else it's a varchar literal, and characters will be replaced with fallback
characters in your current 8-bit character set. If you try:

SELECT '???.????...', N'???.????...'
(Replacing the question marks with the original Greek characters, that my
newsreader mashed.)

Erland Sommarskog, SQL Server MVP, es****@sommarskog.se

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Apr 26 '07 #2

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