Help: data-alignment in user defined data types 
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 Help: data-alignment in user defined data types

     It's not strictly correct to say that VB/32 works with 4-byte
alignment.  Rather, it works with "natural dword" alignment... UDT elements
will be aligned at a multiple of their natural underlying size, up to 4
bytes.  That is, bytes will align at byte boundaries, integers and booleans
at word boundaries, fixed-length strings at character boundaries (word for
Unicode, byte for ANSI), and all others at dword boundaries.

     There is no way to change this in the general case.

     Alignments and sizes of fields will change depending on how the UDT
variable is used: in a file, as a parameter, or in an array.  In a file all
strings are ANSI and there is no alignment padding, just like earlier
Basics.  As a parameter passed to a DLL, all strings are ANSI and natural
alignment is used.  In an array passed as a parameter, all strings are

     So you could write a UDT variable to a file, and read it back into a
byte array, to eliminate all padding.

                -- Jim


> I'm working with VB4 enterprise edition. By default, in user defined data
> types VB works with 4 bytes data alignment.

> Is there a possibility to manipulate the data-alignment ??
> Give me a tip !!

Fri, 03 Sep 1999 03:00:00 GMT  
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