This book describes Oracle globalization support for Oracle Database. It explains how to set up a globalization support environment, choose and migrate a character set, customize locale data, do linguistic sorting, program in a global environment, and program with Unicode.

This preface contains these topics:

Intended Audience

Oracle Database Globalization Support Guide is intended for database administrators, system administrators, and database application developers who perform the following tasks:

  • Set up a globalization support environment

  • Choose, analyze, or migrate character sets

  • Sort data linguistically

  • Customize locale data

  • Write programs in a global environment

  • Use Unicode

To use this document, you must be familiar with relational database concepts, basic Oracle Database concepts, and the operating system environment under which you are running Oracle.

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Related Documentation

Many of the examples in this book use the sample schemas of the seed database, which is installed by default when you install Oracle. Refer to Oracle Database Sample Schemas for information on how these schemas were created and how you can use them yourself.


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