> On Tue, 2007-09-11 at 11:27 +0900, Tatsuo Ishii wrote:
> > > BTW, it strikes me that there is another hole that we need to plug in
> > > this area, and that's the convert() function.  Being able to create
> > > a value of type text that is not in the database encoding is simply
> > > broken.  Perhaps we could make it work on bytea instead (providing
> > > a cast from text to bytea but not vice versa), or maybe we should just
> > > forbid the whole thing if the database encoding isn't SQL_ASCII.
> > 
> > Please don't do that. It will break an usefull use case of convert().
> > 
> > A user has a database encoded in UTF-8. He has English, French,
> > Chinese  and Japanese data in tables. To sort the tables in the
> > language order, he will do like this:
> > 
> > SELECT * FROM japanese_table ORDER BY convert(japanese_text using 
> > utf8_to_euc_jp);
> > 
> > Without using convert(), he will get random order of data. This is
> > because Kanji characters are in random order in UTF-8, while Kanji
> > characters are reasonably ordered in EUC_JP.
> Isn't the collation a locale issue, not an encoding issue? Is there a
> ja_JP.UTF-8 that defines the proper order?

I don't think it helps. The point is, he needs different language's
collation, while PostgreSQL allows only one collation(locale) per
database cluster.
Tatsuo Ishii
SRA OSS, Inc. Japan

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