You need to set a collation but you are not shure what to use for a german database.
The collation of a database is importtant for the sorting of the data.
latin1_german1_ci = DIN-1 (which is found in dictionaries)
latin1_german2_ci = DIN-2 (which is used for address books)
The difference is latin1_german1_ci uses:
? = A
? = O
? = U
? = s
and latin1_german2_ci uses:
? = AE
? = OE
? = UE
? = ss
For many application these differences are not important, but sometimes they are.
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