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Oracle NLS_INITCAP function

Description

The Oracle NLS_INITCAP() function sets the first letter of each word in uppercase, all other letters in lowercase. Words are delimited by white space or characters that are not alphanumeric.

Note: National Language Support (NLS) is a technology enabling Oracle applications to interact with users in their native language, using their conventions for displaying data.

Syntax:

NLS_INITCAP(string1 [, 'nlsparam' ])

Parameters:

Name Description Data Types
string1 A string whose first character in each word will be converted to uppercase and the rest characters will be converted to lowercase. CHAR, VARCHAR2, NCHAR, NVARCHAR2, CLOB, or NCLOB
nlsparam The value of 'nlsparam' can have this form :
'NLS_SORT = sort' where sort is either a linguistic sort sequence or BINARY. The linguistic sort sequence handles special linguistic requirements for case conversions. These requirements can result in a return value of a different length than the char. If you omit 'nlsparam', then this function uses the default sort sequence for your session.
 

Return Value Type :

CHAR, VARCHAR2, NCHAR, NVARCHAR2, CLOB, or NCLOB

This function does not support CLOB data directly. However, CLOBs can be passed in as arguments through implicit data conversion.

Examples: Oracle NLS_INITCAP function

The following examples show how the linguistic sort sequence results in a different return value from the function :

Sample Output:

SQL> SELECT NLS_INITCAP('ijzer') "Initcap" FROM DUAL;

Initc
-----
Ijzer

SQL> SELECT NLS_INITCAP('ijzer', 'NLS_SORT = XDutch') "InitCap"  FROM DUAL;

InitC
-----
IJzer

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