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Character sets in SQL*Plus for Windows and for DOS

This is a character set related question. I'm working with Oracle9i on Windows2000. When working in SQL*Plus, I can alter the characteres to and see them correctly printed. I'm Portuguese. This is in SQL*Plus for Windows. But when I try the same thing in Sql*Plus for DOS, the special characters don't appear correctly. Have any ideas why not?

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SQL*Plus for Windows will use whatever fonts are available to the Windows workstation. That is why you can see these special characters.

SQL*Plus for DOS will not use different fonts. You are left with the DOS font of your session. So you will not be able to see these special characters. It is just a matter of how the two different tools were developed.

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This was first published in September 2002

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