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SQL Anywhere 11.0.0 » SQL Anywhere Server - SQL Usage » Querying and Modifying Data » Querying data » The WHERE clause: Specifying rows

 

Character strings and quotation marks

When you enter or search for character and date data, you must enclose it in single quotes, as in the following example.

SELECT GivenName, Surname
   FROM Contacts
   WHERE GivenName = 'John';

If the quoted_identifier database option is set to Off (it is On by default), you can also use double quotes around character or date data.

To set the quoted_identifier option off for the current user ID

  • Enter the following command:

    SET OPTION quoted_identifier = 'Off';

The quoted_identifier option is provided for compatibility with Adaptive Server Enterprise. By default, the Adaptive Server Enterprise option is quoted_identifier Off and the SQL Anywhere option is quoted_identifier On. See quoted_identifier option [compatibility].

Quotation marks in strings

There are two ways to specify literal quotations within a character entry. The first method is to use two consecutive quotation marks. For example, if you have begun a character entry with a single quotation mark and want to include a single quotation mark as part of the entry, use two single quotation marks:

'I don''t understand.'

With double quotation marks (quoted_identifier Off), specify:

"He said, ""It is not really confusing."""

The second method, applicable only with quoted_identifier Off, is to enclose a quotation in the other kind of quotation mark. In other words, surround an entry containing double quotation marks with single quotation marks, or vice versa. Here are some examples:

'George said, "There must be a better way."'
"Isn't there a better way?"
'George asked, "Isn''t there a better way?"'