[thelist] accent insensitive queries in sql server

Sarah Adams mr.sanders at geekjock.ca
Fri May 4 07:39:23 CDT 2007

I'm trying to figure out how to write a search query for SQL Server that
will be accent insensitive. For example, say I want to do this query:

 SELECT docid, title, author
   FROM documents
  WHERE author LIKE '%rene%'

I want to make sure it will return documents with an author named
"Renée" or "Irene". I've done a lot of Googling, and it seems that the
query isn't working as I'd like it to because of the collation on the
database, which is SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS - the "AS" at the end
meaning "accent sensitive". Unfortunately my Google skills failed me
when trying to figure out how work around this issue.

(I suppose I could put a bunch of REPLACEs around the author field in
the where clause, but surely there must be a more efficient and elegant
way. Pleeeeaaase! Tell me there is!)

sarah adams
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