RE: Funny oracle character...

  • From: "Jacques Kilchoer" <Jacques.Kilchoer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <rgramolini@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "oracle-l" <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 10:26:26 -0800

My guess: the person who designed the webpage typed in the text in a word 
process on the Macintosh, which changed the regular "minus sign" to a "fancy 
hyphen", which appears as a different character on a machine running Windows OS.
At the Oracle Magazine link 

When I view it at work, I see the uppercase Eth (a D with a line through it, an 
icelandic character) which would be an ascii 208. I suspect that if I viewed 
the same page on a machine running MacOS I would see a "-": on the Macintosh, 
an ascii 208 is a hyphen.

This is why, when creating an HTML document, it's important to correctly handle 
extended ascii characters by using HTML codes.

See ascii 208 on Macintosh here: 

See ascii 208 on Windows here: 

-----Original Message-----
Ruth Gramolini

One of my developers asked me to find out what the strange symbol I have put
in bold in this line is:days_in_2000 := begin_2001 Ð begin_2000;

He had seen it several times in the documentation.  I can't reproduce it to
do a search.

Anyone know about this?

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Peterson [mailto:speterson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]

Using Intervals

Intervals can be used for many things, but in this article I'm going to
focus on datetime arithmetic. If you think about it, intervals are really
nothing new. Consider the following code, which computes the difference
between two dates in order to come up with the number of days in the year

   begin_2000 DATE := TO_DATE('1-Jan-2000','dd-Mon-yyyy');
   begin_2001 DATE := TO_DATE('1-Jan-2001','dd-Mon-yyyy');
   days_in_2000 NUMBER;
   days_in_2000 := begin_2001 Ð begin_2000;


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