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Pad Character Type (Node Property of Flat File Schemas)

Use the Pad Character Type property to configure, on a per-field basis, how an alternative pad character will be expressed in the Pad Character property and in the underlying XSD representation, or whether the default pad character will be used.

Flat File

 

Drop-down list choice Description

Character

Indicates that you will provide a pad character as a character in the Pad Character property, which will be formatted as a character in the XSD representation of the schema.

Hexadecimal

Indicates that you will provide the hexadecimal value ("0xNN") of a pad character in the Decimal Character property, which will be formatted as a hexadecimal value in the XSD representation of the schema.

(Default)

Removes the corresponding annotation in the XSD representation of the schema, if any, specifying that the default pad character, space (" "), be used.

(Default), resulting in no annotation being added to the XSD representation of the schema, and specifying that the default pad character, space (" "), be used.

As the value of the pad_char_type (="char" or "hex") attribute of:

  • For Field Element nodes, the element/annotation/appinfo/fieldInfo annotation element.

  • For Field Attribute nodes, the attribute/annotation/appinfo/fieldInfo annotation element.

You can examine and set this property in the Visual Studio Properties window when you select a Field Element or Field Attribute node in BizTalk Editor and you have configured the Flat File Extension option for the Schema Editor Extensions property of the Schema node.

If you configure this property with a value of Character or Hexadecimal, then you can configure the Pad Character property in one of these two formats.

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