25.64. FORMAT()

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The function format accepts variable number of arguments. The first argument is a format string and the rest of the arguments are used to create the result string according to the format string. This way the function format is like the C function sprintf.

The format string can contain normal characters and control substrings.

The control substring have the form %[flags][width][.precision]type. It follows the general sprintf format except that type prefixes are not required or allowed and type can only be "dioxXueEfgGsc". The * for width and precision is supported.

An alternate format BASIC-like for numbers has the form %~format~ where format can be:

# Digit or space

0 Digit or zero

^ Stores a number in exponential format. Unlike QB's USING format this is a place-holder like the #.

. The position of the decimal point.

, Separator.

- Stores minus if the number is negative.

+ Stores the sign of the number.

Acknowledgement: the function format was implemented by Paulo Soares <psoares@consiste.pt>

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