Handling Oversized Character Values Gracefully
January 18, 2006 Ted Holt
The FmtNum subprocedure has been very useful to me in dealing with oversized numbers. When I use FmtNum in a report program, it is obvious to anyone when a number has gotten too large for its allotted space. I suppose it was only a matter of time until I would need to show that a character value is too large for the space I had allowed for it. While chopping off the end of many character fields, such as customer names and inventory item descriptions, is no big deal, chopping of the end of others does present a problem.