In this chapter you will learn to
• 053.20.1 Customize Language-Dependent Behavior for the Database and Individual Sessions
• 053.20.2 Work with Database and NLS Character Sets
The Oracle database has many capabilities grouped under the term globalization that will assist a DBA who must consider users of different nationalities. Globalization was known as National Language Support, or NLS, in earlier releases (you will still see the NLS acronym in several views and parameters), but globalization is more than linguistics: it is a comprehensive set of facilities for managing databases that must cover a range of languages, time zones, and cultural variations.
Globalization Requirements and Capabilities