User Guide : Encoding Reference : Determining Field Width in Characters or Bytes : Field Width in Bytes
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Field Width in Bytes
Some connectors specify their field width in bytes. What actually varies is the number of characters that fit into a given field. For example, if a field width is 10 bytes and the encoding is Shift-JIS, the field can hold a minimum of 5 characters and a maximum of 10. This means that if you try to write 8 Japanese characters, data is truncated (the Kanji characters all take 2 bytes).