character field

character field

A data field that holds alphanumeric characters. Contrast with numeric field.
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Many applications, on the other hand, use a perfectly innocent windowing protocol to process dates input as six characters to data files that store the result in an eight character field.
The memo field type--a special kind of character field in which a large number of characters may be stored for extensive notes--permits reference ranges to be stored for each test.
The algorithms implemented in these components, named SDNA17 and SDNA21, compress the OPRA and OCC formatted 17 and 21 character fields into a 9 character field that can then be extracted back into their original formats.
Enhancements to data input tool - improvements include a range check against a user-entered minimum and maximum, a check box allowing truncation of values out of range to the minimum or maximum value, new multiple field configuration, new field conversion dialog and an increase in the maximum width of a character field (now 32 characters).
Different parts of American Tower use cellular tower numbers in different ways and store them in different formats--without leading zeroes as integers or with leading zeroes as character fields, for example.
uses extensive data entry correction rules to prevent errors such as double entries, numbers in character fields, impossible dates, and other data anomalies that can arise during manual data entry.
X12 promised a partial solution by stripping out all those wasteful blank trailing spaces in character fields and even skipping totally blank fields so communications time and cost would be kept to a minimum.
Two databases were created to match the fields on the EBSCO diskettes, and through trial and error it was decided that all fields were to be character fields.
Recipe title, servings and calories were stored in character fields (called text fields), each of which can hold a maximum of 60 bytes.
Thus, Clipper allows user-defined functions, arrays up to 1,024 fields per record (dBase allows only 128 fields per record), character fields up to 64K bytes (dBase allows only 254 bytes), up to 15 active indexes (dBase allows only 7), and 2,048 active memory variables (256 in dBase).