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Which character sets does ArcSDE for Oracle support?
ArcSDE for Oracle supports all the character sets Oracle supports on UNIX and Windows platforms as long as both the server and clients are set up correctly for the particular language. In some cases the character set of the client is different from that of the server. The key is to know the correct NLS_LANG value to be set for both ArcSDE Server and its clients. Refer to the "ArcSDE Configuration and Tuning Guide for Oracle" to learn how to set up both the server and clients correctly.
When running ArcSDE 9.0, the list of "Character encoding standards supported by ArcSDE" at the end of the Chapter 5 of "ArcSDE Configuration and Tuning Guide for Oracle" is not complete. Refer to the Oracle documentation for the complete list. The list is removed from the ArcSDE documentation in the future release.