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Using Multi-byte Code Pages : Output : FORMAT phrase

FORMAT phrase

The OpenEdge Data Dictionary Format field and the ABL FORMAT phrase for character strings let you specify the display format in columns. For example, the character format "x(8)" can accommodate the following:
*Eight, one-column characters. One-column characters exist in single-byte, double-byte, or UTF-8 code pages.
*Four, two-column characters. Two-column characters exist in double-byte and UTF-8 code pages.
*Other combinations of one- and two-column characters totaling up to eight columns.
* Fitting multi-byte characters into the available columns
* Fitting multi-byte characters around formatting characters
* Allowing only single-byte formatting characters