A row is equivalent to a record, line, or tuple in the input file; a row is made up of fields. An example of a row is an employee record; examples of fields in an employee record include employee_id, last_name, first_name, and so on.

Every region can have one or more rows. (A region cannot be empty.) In addition, a region can have multiple row types. Rows are selected for conversion to XML based on the match patterns expressed in the Match Pattern field of the Properties window. See Omitting Regions and Fields, and Rows for more information.

Rows in a fixed-width region have the same width as the region itself; fields within each row are defined by a fixed number of columns. Stylus Studio uses a default value of 80 characters for row length in fixed-width regions, but you can adjust this as required from within the Convert to XML Editor. See Adjusting Fixed-Width Regions for more information.

In a fixed-width region, you can

  • Explicitly specify the fields within a row
  • Adjust the size of the fields you specify

In a line-oriented region, fields are separated by a separator character or string. These characters are inferred by Stylus Studio when it first reads the file, but you can change these and other characters if needed.

See Working with Fields for more information.

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