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The ARGLEN function measures the length of a character string within a field, excluding trailing spaces. The field format in a Master File specifies the length of a field, including trailing spaces.
In Dialogue Manager, you can measure the length of a supplied character string using the .LENGTH suffix.
ARGLEN(length, source_string, output)
Is the length of the field containing the character string, or a field that contains the length.
Is the name of the field containing the character string.
Is the field that contains the result, or the format of the output value enclosed in single quotation marks.
ARGLEN determines the length of the character string in LAST_NAME and stores the result in NAME_LEN:
TABLE FILE EMPLOYEE PRINT LAST_NAME AND COMPUTE NAME_LEN/I3 = ARGLEN(15, LAST_NAME, NAME_LEN); WHERE DEPARTMENT EQ 'MIS'; END
The output is: