Collations

Overview

MariaDB SkySQL supports many different collations. A collation is a set of rules for sorting and comparing character sets.

Example of Collation

As an example, consider a list of names. The character set defines which characters can appear in each name. The collation defines the order in which the names would be sorted, and whether two names would be equal:

  • In a case-insensitive collation, "Mueller" and "mueller" would be considered the same name.

  • In a case-sensitive collation, "Mueller" and "mueller" would be considered different names.

  • In a German collation, "Mueller" and "Müller" would be considered the same name.

  • In an English collation, "Mueller" and "Müller" would be considered different names.

  • In a collation that ignores padding, "Mueller" and "Mueller " would be considered the same name.

  • In a no-pad collation, "Mueller" and "Mueller " would be considered different names.

Supported Collations

For the full list of supported collations, see:

Using Collations

For details on how to use collations, see: