fixed-length field

fixed-length field

[¦fikst ‚leŋkth ′fēld]
(computer science)
A field that always has the same number of characters, regardless of its content.
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From it the user may specify coded values for each of the character positions within the fixed-length field.
In other instances, data recorded in a fixed-length field is not available--either directly or in coded form--anywhere else in the record.
Structured data is input into fixed-length fields with a predetermined set of possible values.
Common MARC errors detected and corrected include: illegal characters in the MARC record, missing subfield codes, missing indicators, fixed-length fields that are too short or too long, missing control fields, incorrect or incomplete ISBD/AACR2 punctuation, inconsistent field length and field markets, and incorrect General Materials Designation (GMD).
CTP (Corporate Trade Payment) A NACHA format for corporate payments which include multiple addenda records (up to 4,990) but requires fixed-length fields. May also refer to any electronic payment between two corporate entities.