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Old 11-27-2005, 11:54 AM   #1
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Default SQL: What is "collation"?

Folks:

I go into my SQL database daily and repair it and back it up so it'll always be nice and fresh.

Recently I noticed a field (that may or may not have been there all along and I just didn't pay attention) called "collation," and its content is "utf8_swedish_ci." I'm not sure how a table is "collated," and how'd it default to "utf8_swedish_ci," and should I change it (and if so, to what?)?

I *could* go through the SQL dox looking for the answer, but I'm kinda sick and that might make me doze off, so I'm hoping someone here knows off the top of his head.

Thanks for any tips!

   
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