Why Do The Setup Instructions For MS SQL Server Call For Latin1 Instead of UTF-8 As The Rest Of The Document Requires

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  • 17-Dec-2014
  • 05-Sep-2017

Environment

Retain 3.x
MS SQL Server

Situation

Why do the setup instructions for MS SQL Server call for Latin1 instead of UTF-8 as the rest of the setup document requires?

Resolution

MS SQL Server does not have an option for UTF-8, directly. However it does support Unicode character encoding with its own implementation of UTF-16 called Latin1_General_CI_AS, which is MS SQL Server's default encoding of Unicode. The CI indicates that the encoding is case insensitive. The AS indicates that the encoding is accent sensitive.

Additional Information

This article was originally published in the GWAVA knowledgebase as article ID 2426.

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