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The CHAR function returns the ASCII character of its argument. It may take the general form:


Where the expression must evaluate to a numeric argument in the range 0-255, which is the entire ASCII character set.


The CHAR function will return Unicode values encoded as UTF-8 byte sequences as follows:

  • Expression values 0 – 127 return UTF-8 single byte characters equivalent to ASCII.
  • Expression values 127 – 248 return UTF-8 double byte character sequences.
  • Expression values 249 – 255 return system delimiters 0xf8 – 0xff
  • Expression values > 255 return UTF-8 multi byte character sequences.

When system delimiter values are not specifically required, generate UTF-8 byte sequences using the UTF8 function. For instance;  X = UTF8(@AM) will generate a UTF-8 byte sequence in variable X for the system delimiter equating to Unicode value 0x000000fe.


jBASE BASIC variables can contain any of the ASCII characters 0-255, thus there are no restrictions on this function.

An example of use would be inserting field delimiters within a variable or string; these are commonly equated to AM, VM, SV in a program.

0001     EQUATE AM TO CHAR (254)   ;* field Mark
0002     EQUATE VM TO CHAR(253)    ;* value Mark
0003     EQUATE SV TO CHAR(252)    ;* sub Value mark
0004     CRT CHAR (7):   ;* ring the bell

See also: CHARS

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