MySQL provides a set of binary data types that closely mirror
their character counterparts. The MySQL binary types are
. The practical distinction between
character types and their binary counterparts is the concept of
encoding. Binary data
is basically a chunk of data that MySQL makes no effort to interpret.
Character data, on the other hand, is assumed to
represent textual data from human alphabets. It is thus encoded and
sorted based on rules appropriate to the character set in question.
On an ASCII system, MySQL sorts binary data in a case-sensitive,