>>>>> "chas" == chas <panda@stripped> writes:
chas> I created a Chinese language search engine using MySQL - beta
chas> is using the win32 shareware release so I didn't get the
chas> chance to change the charset (we're using GB not BIG5).
chas> Despite this, things seem to work fine (or so I'm told - I
chas> don't read Chinese yet so I have to trust the testers) ....
chas> Or have I just been lucky so far ?
chas> So, I'm wondering : what differences are there in
chas> changing the charset ? what can't be done by using the
chas> english charset ? I'm guessing that it means you can
chas> use LIKE (which I didn't need). But anything else ?
The main difference is how sorting and comparison are done. With the standard
characterset (ISO-8859-1 Latin1) 'A' = 'a' and 'Å' = 'å'. For other
character sets different rules apply.