7 Globalization Support

This chapter describes the globalization support available with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2) for Fujitsu BS2000/OSD, with information about the following:

Character set tables, and country and regional information (such as date format, names of months, and so on) are dynamically loaded at run time. This reduces the actual storage requirements and allows new languages to be added in the future without the need to relink all applications.

The files containing character set information are created in the current BS2000 user ID. The names of these files have the following format:


These files are for internal use only. You should not make changes to them. If you need a character set, language, or territory code that is not present, then contact the Oracle Support Services representative, who will be able to check whether any updates are available.

User-defined character sets as documented in the Oracle Database Globalization Support Guide are not supported for this release.

7.1 Language, Territory, and Character Set

To choose the language, territory, and character set that you want to work with, you must perform separate procedures for Oracle Database and the supported Oracle Database utilities.

7.1.1 Oracle Database

For the Oracle Database, the database administrator sets the NLS_LANGUAGE and NLS_TERRITORY parameters in the initialization files as described in the Oracle Database Globalization Support Guide.

7.1.2 Other Oracle Database Products

For the supported Oracle Database products, you can choose a language, territory, and character set from within BS2000/OSD by setting the value of the ORAENV variable NLS_LANG. Set this environment variable as follows:

NLS_LANG = language_territory.characterset


language is any supported language

territory is any supported territory

characterset is the character set required by your terminal

For example:


7.2 Supported Language Conventions

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2) for Fujitsu BS2000/OSD provides support for language conventions, such as names of days and months, for the following languages:

  • American English: american (default)

  • Czech: czech

  • Danish: danish

  • Dutch: dutch

  • Finnish: finnish

  • French: french

  • German: german

  • Hungarian: hungarian

  • Italian: italian

  • Norwegian: norwegian

  • Polish: polish

  • Portuguese: portuguese

  • Slovak: slovak

  • Spanish: spanish

  • Swedish: swedish

  • Russian: russian

  • Turkish: turkish

7.3 Supported Territories

Oracle Database Globalization Support provides support for territory conventions, such as start day of the week, for the following territories:

  • America: america (default)

  • Czech Republic: czech republic

  • Denmark: denmark

  • Finland: finland

  • France: france

  • Germany: germany

  • Hungary: hungary

  • Italy: italy

  • The Netherlands: the netherlands

  • Norway: norway

  • Poland: poland

  • Portugal: portugal

  • Spain: spain

  • Sweden: sweden

  • CIS: CIS

  • Slovakia: slovakia

  • Turkey: turkey

  • United Kingdom: united kingdom

7.4 Supported Character Sets

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2) supports the following character sets for servers and clients under BS2000/OSD:

Name Description Usage
US8BS2000 Siemens 9750-62 EBCDIC 8-bit American
D8BS2000 Siemens 9750-62 EBCDIC 8-bit German
F8BS2000 Siemens 9750-62 EBCDIC 8-bit French
E8BS2000 Siemens 9750-62 EBCDIC 8-bit Spanish
DK8BS2000 Siemens 9750-62 EBCDIC 8-bit Danish
S8BS2000 Siemens 9750-62 EBCDIC 8-bit Swedish
WE8BS2000 Siemens EBCDIC.DF.04-1 8-bit West European (= ISO 8859/1)
CL8BS2000 Siemens EBCDIC.EHC.LC 8-bit Latin/Cyrillic-1 (= ISO 8859/5)
WE8BS2000L5 Siemens EBCDIC.DF.04-9 8-bit WE & Turkish (= ISO 8859/9)
EE8BS2000 Siemens EBCDIC.EHC.L2 8-bit East European (= ISO 8859/2)
CE8BS2000 Siemens EBCDIC.DF.04-2 8-bit Central European (= ISO 8859/2)
WE8BS2000E Siemens EBCDIC.DF.04-F 8-bit West European with Euro symbol (= ISO 8859/15)

The character sets WE8BS2000, CL8BS2000, WE8BS2000L5, EE8BS2000, CE8BS2000, and WE8BS2000E are the recommended database character sets. The other character sets should only be used as client character sets.

The character set WE8BS2000E must be used as database character set to store the euro symbol in the database or to use the euro symbol as the dual currency symbol.

In addition to these supported character sets, if you are connecting to Oracle Database installations with a non-BS2000 character set, then those servers can use any of the character sets listed in Oracle Database Globalization Support Guide.


A Unicode database character set is not supported on BS2000/OSD. To store Unicode characters in the database, then you must use Unicode datatypes NCHAR, NVARCHAR2, and NCLOB. During database creation you can specify either AL16UTF16 or UTF8 as the national character set for these datatypes. For more information about Unicode support, see Chapter 6 of the Oracle Database Globalization Support Guide.

7.5 Location of Message Files

All message files are located in ORAMESG.LIB under the installation user ID.

7.6 Linguistic Definitions

All the linguistic definitions listed in the chapter "Globalization Support" of Oracle Database Globalization Support Guide are available.