I try to allow strings in my applications to use all the richness of the available character sets. If someone has an accent in their name, I really want to repeat it back that way. But I've been asked many times if there's a simple way to strip out all the accents, graves, etc. in T-SQL. These are called diacritics, and we've created a function to help you remove them if you decide you really must. (But as I said, really consider keeping them).
The StripDiacritics function in our free SDU Tools for developers and DBAs, does this. It provides the separator that's currently in use.
It takes a single parameter: the input string.
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You can see it in action in the main image above, and in the video here. The full current version of the code is also shown below:
You can use our tools as a set or as a great example of how to write functions like these.
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Latest version of the code
Note: the current code is backwards compatible to SQL Server 2008 and later. Once our minimum code level is much higher, we'll replace this code with a version using the T-SQL TRANSLATE function.
Note: the code might wrap when displayed below.
CREATE OR ALTER FUNCTION SDU_Tools.StripDiacritics
-- Function: Strips diacritics (accents, graves, etc.) from a string
-- Parameters: @InputString nvarchar(max) - string to strip
-- Action: Strips diacritics (accents, graves, etc.) from a string
-- Return: nvarchar(max)
-- Refer to this video: https://youtu.be/Aqiqa9OXNqQ
-- Test examples:
DECLARE @CharactersToReplace nvarchar(max)
DECLARE @ReplacementCharacters nvarchar(max)
DECLARE @Counter int = 1;
DECLARE @ReturnValue nvarchar(max) = @InputString;
-- Replace loop with TRANSLATE when lowest supported version = 2016
WHILE @Counter <= LEN(@CharactersToReplace)
SET @ReturnValue = REPLACE(@ReturnValue,
SUBSTRING(@CharactersToReplace, @Counter, 1),
SUBSTRING(@replacementCharacters, @Counter, 1));
SET @Counter = @Counter + 1;