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SQL Anywhere 12.0.0 (Français) » SQL Anywhere Server - Database Administration » Configuring your database » International languages and character sets


Understanding collations

A collation describes how to sort and compare characters from a particular character set or encoding. SQL Anywhere supports two collation algorithms: the SQL Anywhere Collation Algorithm (SACA), and the Unicode Collation Algorithm (UCA). SACA provides fast, compact, and reasonable sorting at the expense of linguistic correctness. UCA provides linguistic correctness, but with a small expense in storage requirements and execution time.

This section describes the supplied collations, and provides suggestions about which collations to use.

For more information about how to create a database with a specific collation, see Create a database with a named collation and Initialization utility (dbinit).

For information about customization of the UCA collation using collation tailoring syntax, see Collation tailoring options.

SQL Anywhere Collation Algorithm (SACA)
Unicode Collation Algorithm (UCA)
Collations in a SQL Anywhere database
Supported and alternate collations