Representation of strings and special characters, treatment of operator characters

You must write strings and the two special characters single quote (') and backslash (\) differently in the macro depending on whether you have chosen the basic macro format or the advanced macro format. Also, some characters that are ordinary characters in the basic macro format are used as operators in the advanced macro format.

However, these rules affect only input fields located on the following tabs:
  • Description tab of the Screens tab
  • Actions tab of the Screens tab
  • Variables tab
The input fields that are affected on these tabs are as follows:
  • Of course, text input fields on the surface of the tab, such as the Number of Fields text input field on the Field Counts and OIA window of the Description tab.
  • But also, the text input field in the window that pops up when you select the <Expression> entry in a listbox on the tab, such as the <Expression> entry in the Ignore Case listbox on the String descriptor window.

For input fields on all other tabs than those listed above, always use the rules for the basic macro format.

The following two sections describe these differing rules.