\ | \\ Command
Prints or displays lines of text.
- \ TextLine
When you use \, the text line is preceded by a carriage return and a line feed.
- \\ TextLine
When you use \\, the text line is not preceded by a carriage return and a line feed.
Any spaces preceding \ and \\ are not included in the output line, but spaces following \ and \\ are included.
You can embed an expression in the text line. If the expression is enclosed in the text merge delimiters (<< >> by default) and SET TEXTMERGE is ON, the expression is evaluated and its value is output as text.
The \ and \\ commands facilitate text merge in Visual FoxPro. Text merge makes it possible for you to output text to a file to create form letters or programs.
Use \ and \\ to output a text line to the current text-merge output file and the screen. SET TEXTMERGE is used to specify the text merge output file. If text merge is not directed to a file, the text line is output only to the main Visual FoxPro window or the active user-defined output window. SET TEXTMERGE NOSHOW suppresses output to the main Visual FoxPro window or the active user-defined window.
CLOSE DATABASES OPEN DATABASE (HOME(2) + 'Data\testdata') USE Customer && Open customer table SET TEXTMERGE ON SET TEXTMERGE TO letter.txt \<<CDOW(DATE( ))>>, <<CMONTH(DATE( ))>> \\ <<DAY(DATE( ))>>, <<YEAR(DATE( ))>> \ \ \Dear <<contact>> \Additional text \ \Thank you, \ \XYZ Corporation CLOSE ALL MODIFY FILE letter.txt NOEDIT