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Teradata Vantage™ - Data Types and Literals

Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
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July 2021
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Programming Reference
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English (United States)

Declares a hexadecimal character literal value.

Hexadecimal literals consist of 0 to 31000 hexadecimal digits delimited by a matching pair of apostrophes, where a hexadecimal digit is a character from 0 to 9, a to f, or A to F.

ANSI Compliance

Hexadecimal character literals are Teradata extensions to the ANSI SQL:2011 standard.


[ _Latin | _Unicode | _KanjiSJIS | _Graphic ] 'hexadecimal digits' { XC | XCV | XCF }

Syntax Elements

hexadecimal digits
A string of hexadecimal digits, where a hexadecimal digit is a character from 0 to 9, a to f, or A to F.
The hexadecimal literal has data type VARCHAR (default).
The hexadecimal literal has data type CHAR.

Usage Notes

A hexadecimal character literal is useful for inserting character strings, such as TAB or BACKSPACE, that cannot generally be entered directly on the terminal keyboard.

The following apply to hexadecimal literals:
  • Hexadecimal character literals are represented by an even number of hexadecimal digits. Hexadecimal literals are extended on the right with zeros when semantically required. For example:
    _Latin 'C1C'XC = 'C1C0'XC
  • As with other character literals, hexadecimal character literals are translated to UNICODE internal form, unless the character set is KANJI1, and then the hexadecimal literal is kept in KANJI1 internal form.
  • When a hexadecimal character string is interpreted as _Unicode either explicitly or because it was the default character set, the form of the data is interpreted as UTF-16. Therefore properly paired surrogates, such as _Unicode ‘D800DC00’XC, are treated as supplementary code points and can be used in sessions with Unicode Pass Through enabled. For information about Unicode Pass Through, see Teradata Vantage™ - Advanced SQL Engine International Character Set Support, B035-1125.
  • Multiple consecutive character literals (character literals, hexadecimal character literals, and Unicode delimited character literals) are treated as if the strings are concatenated.

Example: Hexadecimal Character Literal

Assume the user default character set is Latin. If the terminal keyboard does not include the brace characters {}, use the following hexadecimal literal to represent “{12}”:


where 7B represents the brace "{" and 7D represents the brace "}".