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This module introduces a string handling function to pad a string.
Adds blanks to the right side of string if necessary. The routine will handle null strings appropriately. This routine can be useful when you are trying to output a text file that has evenly spaced columns or you are creating multi-column output for the screen or print using a fixed-pitch font. Basically it is most useful for doing simple reporting. Most recently we have used it to generate a email message that had columns of data.
COTWPad(sData as Variant, iLen as Integer, sChar as String) as String
Returns a string that will be iLen characters long. If there are more than iLen characters in the passed string, it will be truncated.
This example will pad out the value of sOldString to be 40 characters long. It will pad it out with a space character. If sOldString is more than 40 characters it will truncate it.
sNewString = COTWPad(sOldString, 40)
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