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TEXTVALID

SQL Server 2000

A text, ntext, or image function that checks whether a given text pointer is valid.

Syntax

TEXTVALID ( 'table.column' , text_ ptr )

Arguments

table

Is the name of the table to be used.

column

Is the name of the column to be used.

text_ptr

Is the text pointer to be checked.

Return Types

int

Remarks

Returns 1 if the pointer is valid and 0 if the pointer is invalid. Note that the identifier for the text column must include the table name. You cannot use UPDATETEXT, WRITETEXT, or READTEXT without a valid text pointer.

These functions and statements are also useful with text, ntext, and image data.

Function or statement Description
PATINDEX('%pattern%', expression) Returns the character position of a given character string in text and ntext columns.
DATALENGTH(expression) Returns the length of data in text, ntext, and image columns.
SET TEXTSIZE Returns the limit, in bytes, of the text, ntext, or image data to be returned with a SELECT statement.

Examples

This example reports whether a valid text pointer exists for each value in the logo column of the pub_info table.

USE pubs
GO
SELECT pub_id, 'Valid (if 1) Text data' 
   = TEXTVALID ('pub_info.logo', TEXTPTR(logo)) 
FROM pub_info
ORDER BY pub_id
GO

Here is the result set:

pub_id Valid (if 1) Text data 
------ ---------------------- 
0736   1                      
0877   1                      
1389   1                      
1622   1                      
1756   1                      
9901   1                      
9952   1                      
9999   1                      

(8 row(s) affected)

See Also

DATALENGTH

PATINDEX

SET TEXTSIZE

Text and Image Functions

TEXTPTR

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