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International Address for customer


We need to maintain the customer master address in multiple languages and to do so wish to activate international versions of address. If we do so and address can be maintained in Japanese fonts like Kanji, if standard SAP has a CHAR40 field, will it only hold 20 characters in Japanese, being double byte or still hold 40.

Would appreciate your advice on this.


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Former Member replied


40 bytes is always 40 bytes !

Entering MBCS strings in non unicode system means definitively reducing the possible length of the string.

The worst case would mean 20 kanji characters !

For unicode, CHAR 40 means 40 characters.


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