15.00 - 15.10 - External and Internal Character Sets - Teradata Database

Teradata Database Introduction to Teradata

Product
Teradata Database
Release Number
15.00
15.10
Content Type
User Guide
Publication ID
B035-1091-151K
Language
English (United States)
Last Update
2018-09-25

Client systems communicate with Teradata Database using their own external format for numbers and character strings.

Teradata Database converts numbers and strings to its own internal format when importing the data, and converts numbers and strings back to the appropriate form for the client when exporting the data.

This allows data to be exchanged between mutually incompatible client data formats. Take for example, mainframe-attached clients using EBCDIC‑based character sets and workstation-attached clients using ASCII-based character sets. Both clients can access and modify the same data in Teradata Database.