Characters not displaying in a field?

kee nethery kee at
Wed Jan 19 13:51:21 EST 2005

Wow, one of the first things I did was to search for "limit" with the 
assumption that it would find "limits". Thank you for letting me know 
that the search is broken and that I will need to try all permutations 
of a word to see if it is in the documentation.


On Jan 18, 2005, at 10:13 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:

> kee nethery wrote:
>>> The maximum number of chars that can be on any given line is 65,535, 
>>> and the total field max is about 4Gb.
>> thank you. I can watch for long lines and then put up an alert 
>> telling them that it's there, they just cannot see it.
>> Also, these limits should be in the docs.
> Agreed.  I came across them in the old MC docs a while back, which are 
> normally more anemic than the Rev docs.  But this is what it took me 
> to find them in Rev:
> 1. Open Documentation
> 2. Typed "Li"
> 3. Dismissed a dialog telling me that "Li" could not be found.
> 4. Managed to type an "m" before -
> 5. Dismissed a dialog telling me that "Lim" could not be found.
> 6. Squeezed in typing an "i" when -
> 7. Dismissed a dialog telling me "Limi" could not be found.
> 8. Typed the "ts" really fast, which brought up:
>    Commands and Function
>          Memory and Limits Reference
> No sooner could I ask "What is this doing in 'Commands and 
> Functions'?" than I discovered that while the other limits are shown 
> (number of objects in a group, length of object names, etc.), and it 
> does mention the number of chars in a line, it doesn't mention that 
> this also applies to using the sort command on a variable.
> Even with that minor ommission it's a good read, and if you're a quick 
> typist you might be able to cut the number of steps to get there down 
> to four or five. ;)
> PS: Is there a preference to turn off the "Constantly try to search 
> whatever's being typed in real-time" option in favor of any more 
> explicit option (Enter key, "Search" button) like one finds in nearly 
> any other search box?
> --
>  Richard Gaskin
>  Fourth World Media Corporation
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