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defstr long/word/byte   statement



Syntax:
defstr {long|word|byte}

Description:
These statements affect the way several integer-to-string functions format their return values. Basically, they affect whether the string functions interpret their arguments as 32-bit, 16-bit or 8-bit integers. The statements are global in scope, and apply to all subsequent calls to the affected string functions, until another defstr {long|word|byte} statement is executed. When the program starts, defstr long is in effect. The following table shows how the statements affect the return values of the various string functions.

bin$ hex$ oct$ uns$ mki$
defstr long (Default)
returns 32 characters
returns 8 characters
returns 11 characters
10 characters; adds 232 if arg < 0
returns 4 characters
defstr word returns 16 characters
returns 4 characters
returns 6 characters
5 characters; adds 216 if arg < 0
returns 2 characters
defstr byte returns 8 characters
returns 2 characters
returns 3 characters
3 characters; adds 256 if arg < 0
returns 1 character
When defstr byte is in effect, the string functions may not return the expected result if the integer argument lies outside of the range -255 to +255. Likewise, when defstr word is in effect, the string functions may not return the expected result if the integer argument lies outside of the range -65535 to +65535.

See Also:
bin$; hex$; oct$; uns$; mki$