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  1. #1
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    Multi-character characters?

    Is there a way to make the following possible with only a character type?

    char ch='10';


    Thanks

  2. #2
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    Re: Multi-character characters?

    No. You want two characters - you need space to store both. It's like asking if it's possible to fit two cars into a single parking space (at least without destroying the cars).

    The typical way of storing multiple characters for a c-style string is with a char*, as in

    Code:
    const char* ch = "10";

  3. #3
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    Re: Multi-character characters?

    Perhaps you mean
    Code:
    char ch = '\10';
    ? Note that that's in octal; if you wanted a newline, you'd have to write '\12' (or simply '\n').

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    Re: Multi-character characters?

    I know it's possible to define a four character literal, like 'abcd', which could then be held in a 32bit integer. Two characters would probably do something similar
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    Re: Multi-character characters?

    Why don't you try to experiment yourself writing something like
    Code:
    #include <stdio.h>
    
    int main()
    {
      char t = '10'; // compiler probably will warn you, but compilation will not fail
      putchar(t);
      printf("\ncontent = 0x&#37;X\n", t); // here you will see that yes, it is possible, but the value is truncated to sizeof, as expected
      return 0;
    }

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