11.1.3 String Type Overview

A summary of the string data types follows. For additional information about properties and storage requirements of the string types, see Section 11.4, “String Types”, and Section 11.7, “Data Type Storage Requirements”.

In some cases, MySQL may change a string column to a type different from that given in a CREATE TABLE or ALTER TABLE statement. See Section 13.1.10.3, “Silent Column Specification Changes”.

In MySQL 4.1 and up, string data types include some features that you may not have encountered in working with versions of MySQL prior to 4.1:

Section 10.1, “Character Set Support”, provides additional information about use of character sets in MySQL.