JOINBYTES ignores any arguments that have a value of
NA and removes line breaks from the text it joins. (To preserve the breaks in a multiline text expression, use the INSCHARS.) Also, when the length of the joined line exceeds 4,000 (The maximum length of a joined line), JOINBYTES automatically breaks the line and puts the remaining bytes on the next line. The line break could occur between the two bytes of a double-byte character. JOINBYTES would then end one line with the first byte of the double-byte character and start the next line with the second byte of the character.
An expression to which JOINBYTES joins next-expression. When the first-expression has a data type other than TEXT or NTEXT, JOINBYTES converts it to TEXT. Use the CONVERT or TO_CHAR function to convert a NTEXT expression to TEXT.
One or more expressions to join with first-expression. When an expression you want to concatenate has a data type other than TEXT or NTEXT, JOINBYTES converts it to TEXT. Use the CONVERT or TO_CHAR function to convert a NTEXT expression to TEXT.
This example shows how you can use JOINBYTES to combine text with the current values of the two variables
price. The variable
price has a data type of DECIMAL; however, JOINBYTES automatically converts its value to TEXT in order to join it with the other text values.
LIMIT product TO 'Canoes' LIMIT month TO 'Dec96'
The JOINBYTES function
JOINBYTES('Current Price for ' name.product ' is: $' price)
returns the following value.
Current Price for Aluminum Canoes is: $200.03