|Oracle8i SQL Reference
Release 2 (8.1.6)
Functions, 106 of 121
TRANSLATE returns char with all occurrences of each character in from replaced by its corresponding character in to. Characters in char that are not in from are not replaced. The argument from can contain more characters than to. In this case, the extra characters at the end of from have no corresponding characters in to. If these extra characters appear in char, they are removed from the return value. You cannot use an empty string for to to remove all characters in from from the return value. Oracle interprets the empty string as null, and if this function has a null argument, it returns null.
The following statement translates a license number. All letters 'ABC...Z' are translated to 'X' and all digits '012 . . . 9' are translated to '9':
SELECT TRANSLATE('2KRW229', '0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ', '9999999999XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX') "License" FROM DUAL; License -------- 9XXX999
The following statement returns a license number with the characters removed and the digits remaining: