sys.syscharsets (Transact-SQL)

THIS TOPIC APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server (starting with 2008)yesAzure SQL DatabaseyesAzure SQL Data Warehouse yesParallel Data Warehouse

Contains one row for each character set and sort order defined for use by the SQL Server Database Engine. One of the sort orders is marked in sysconfigures as the default sort order. This is the only one actually being used.

Column name Data type Description
type smallint Type of entity this row represents:

1001 = Character set.

2001 = Sort order.
id tinyint Unique ID for the character set or sort order. Note sort orders and character sets cannot share the same ID number. The ID range of 1 through 240 is reserved for use by the Database Engine.
csid tinyint If the row represents a character set, this field is unused. If the row represents a sort order, this field is the ID of the character set that the sort order is built on. It is assumed a character set row with this ID exists in this table.
status smallint Internal system status information bits.
name sysname Unique name for the character set or sort order. This field must contain only the letters A-Z or a-z, numbers 0 - 9, and underscores(_); and it must start with a letter.
description nvarchar(255) Optional description of the features of the character set or sort order.
binarydefinition varbinary(6000) Identified for informational purposes only. Not supported. Future compatibility is not guaranteed.
definition image Internal definition of the character set or sort order. The structure of the data in this field depends on the type.

See Also

Mapping System Tables to System Views (Transact-SQL)
Compatibility Views (Transact-SQL)