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Limiting the lenght - Max Chars

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27-03-2009

Is there a standard for setting how many chars per inch to set a max char length for a field?



If I have a field that is 6.5 inches in length and I don't want any typing to go beyond the 6.5 - I know I set Max Chars -- but what is the best way to judge what the max chars should be set at.



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Steve_L_Walker
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27-03-2009

Cindy,



It is a best guess given screen resolution and other factors.



If you set 'limit to visible area' it will override the maximum character property and prevent data from getting buried.



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27-03-2009

Steve,



Thanks but were do I find that setting?



In my Object Palette - on the Field tab - I only have 3 options: Allow Multiple Lines, Allow Plain Text Only and Limit Length -- I just am not looking in the right area.



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27-03-2009

Which version of Designer are you using?



I just realized that limit length to visible area was introduced in 8.05 .

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27-03-2009

Dang - I have 7.0 -- guess I just take a chance and set them the best I can. Or talk the boss into upgrading!



Thanks for all your help.

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30-03-2009

Cindy - I think the easiest way is to just type into your field in Preview mode and see what you get, then adjust as needed.



I don't think screen resolution has anything to do with it but the font and size definitely do.