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How To Name Objects

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Names for objects defined in the Object Dictionary must conform to the following conventions:

  • The name can be from 1 to 18 characters in length.
  • The name can contain only letters (a-z, A-Z), digits (0-9), dollar signs ($), and underscores (_).
  • The name must begin with a letter or a dollar sign.
  • Most names must be unique among objects of the same type in the same application directory. (Note that the software is case-insensitive: ABC and abc are the same name.) For more information, see the documentation for your operating system.
  • The name does not duplicate words reserved to the software’s use, such as a command or function keyword (CREATE, $isalphabetic).
  • Examples of Object Names

  • myfile98
  • x99
  • a
  • ProjectControl56
  • x_7b
  • date
  • $i
  • Compare these to the following invalid names:

  • 98myfile
  • 99
  • a+
  • x%@
  • ProjectControl 56/8
  • $Date
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