Access data as alpha

WTSupported in traditional Synergy on Windows
WNSupported in Synergy .NET on Windows
USupported on UNIX
VSupported on OpenVMS



An expression to access as alpha. (a or n)


^A accesses data as an alpha data type.

^A is useful when using decimal data in file I/O statements. ^A doesn’t convert expression to an alpha value; the data remains unchanged. Only the data type is changed for the reference.

For example, the following fields are each four bytes long:

dec     ,d4,    5
int     ,i4,    1819242310

If dec is used with ^A in the following DISPLAY statement:

display(TTCHN, ^a(dec))

the following characters are displayed:


Accessing an integer field as alpha is not very useful; however, the following example illustrates the result when each integer byte happens to represent an ASCII character. If int is used with ^A in the following DISPLAY statement (on a little‑endian machine):

display(TTCHN, ^a(int))

the following characters, which represent the ASCII values of the data, are displayed:


Use %STRING to display integer values, or decimal values that can be negative.


reads(TTCHN, ^a(age))
writes(TTCHN, "Total Price: " + ^a(price + tax))