The Adaptive Server Enterprise version 12.5 contains formal support for the Unicode character set. The new datatypes provided are unichar, and univarchar. They comprise 2-byte characters expressed in Unicode. Adaptive Server Enterprise 12.5 provides conversion functions between Unicode data and all other datatypes, consistent with current handling of char, and varchar datatypes. By supporting these new datatypes in combination with XNL features, CIS is able to present a view of all enterprise character data expressed in Unicode. Character data from mainframes and all other foreign or legacy systems is converted into Unicode when columns of type unichar or univarchar are used to defined columns in proxy tables.
The following CIS features are affected by these new datatypes: