character field

character field

A data field that holds alphanumeric characters. Contrast with numeric field.
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Comparing him to Blackadder character Field Marshal Haig, Verhofstadt said Farage was: '"sitting safely in his office, while his people are walking in the cold and the rain.
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 "19" or "20" the computer tags onto the front of the year stays there forever.
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.
As their character fields disperse and expand, early US novels manage the risks of circulation by creating "hubs" that help "control the links that form" along the way (140).
and Lifetime Software Technologies Inc., 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. This allowed for appending the EBSCO files directly into dBase III+ using the SDF option on the append command.
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.
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).