From: J French on 11 Oct 2005 07:56
On Tue, 11 Oct 2005 11:32:06 +0100, "Mike Williams"
>However, in BCD the decimal number 10 would be held in
>two bytes as (in hex representation to make things clear) &H010A and the
>same decimal number 10 as "packed BCD" would be held in one byte as &H1A.
0 to 9 0 to 9
 | 
1 0 0 0 0
&h10 or Chr$(16) which ties up with the original post
>Personally I think it might be wise to wait un til the OP posts again so
>that we know exactly what his requirements are.
I used to know a lot about packed BCD as that was the format for
Microsoft Business Basic, also for Track 2 on a credit card
'unpacked' BCD might as well be String Arithmetic
- something I've never seen in MS - but IIRC VAX BASIC supported it
Hmm... I think the OP might be messing around with a device that
writes mag strips on credit cards.
From: Mike Williams on 11 Oct 2005 08:28
"J French" <erewhon(a)nowhere.uk> wrote in message
.. . . oops! I'm afraid I got that completely wrong! I knew exactly what I
wanted to write, but with Maureen hovering over my shoulder and wanting her
computer back it somehow didn't turn out that way :-(
From: J French on 11 Oct 2005 08:37
On Tue, 11 Oct 2005 13:28:07 +0100, "Mike Williams"
>"J French" <erewhon(a)nowhere.uk> wrote in message
>. . . oops! I'm afraid I got that completely wrong! I knew exactly what I
>wanted to write, but with Maureen hovering over my shoulder and wanting her
>computer back it somehow didn't turn out that way :-(
Not entirely wrong
- but better I caught it rather than leave it for posterity
From: ck on 11 Oct 2005 19:17
"Duane Bozarth" <dpbozarth(a)swko.dot.net> wrote in message
> Randy Birch wrote:
> I'm thinking this sounds like documentation for some piece of hardware
> written in what passes as an English translation--I've had a few
> Advantech boards recently that were candidates for a contest of
> poor/misleading/erroneous documentation. :(
"Do not press the keys hardly...."
Chris A. Kusmierz