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In Report Designer, what is the difference between using '+' and '&'?
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Last Updated
11th of May, 2017

Applies to
WinSPC 8.0, WinSPC 8.1, WinSPC 8.2, WinSPC 8.3, WinSPC 9.0

Both '+' and '&' can be used in WinSPC's Report Designer, introduced in WinSPC 8.0, for string concatenation.  Both allow the user to combine two strings together to form one output string, with a minor difference.  The '+' concatenates the strings as is, while the '&' adds a space between the two original strings.

For example, this:
'PART' + 'VARIABLE'
would produce:
PARTVARIABLE

While this:
'PART' & 'VARIABLE'
would produce:
PART VARIABLE

String concatenation can be used in the 'Data Field' property of a 'DataText' component.  As an example in a standard WinSPC installation, see the 'Production Summary Report' report template (in the 'Legacy WinSPC Reports' report template folder).

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