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Oracle® Database SQL Language Reference
11g Release 2 (11.2)

Part Number E17118-03
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ASCII

Syntax

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Purpose

ASCII returns the decimal representation in the database character set of the first character of char.

char can be of data type CHAR, VARCHAR2, NCHAR, or NVARCHAR2. The value returned is of data type NUMBER. If your database character set is 7-bit ASCII, then this function returns an ASCII value. If your database character set is EBCDIC Code, then this function returns an EBCDIC value. There is no corresponding EBCDIC character function.

This function does not support CLOB data directly. However, CLOBs can be passed in as arguments through implicit data conversion.

See Also:

"Data Type Comparison Rules" for more information

Examples

The following example returns employees whose last names begin with the letter L, whose ASCII equivalent is 76:

SELECT last_name
  FROM employees
  WHERE ASCII(SUBSTR(last_name, 1, 1)) = 76
  ORDER BY last_name;
 
LAST_NAME
-------------------------
Ladwig
Landry
Lee
Livingston
Lorentz