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What are Literal Characters and Mask Characters?

Platform: WinForms |
Control: MaskedEditBox |
Published Date: April 30, 2011 |
Last Revised Date: July 10, 2014


The format / behavior for the MaskedEditBox control is defined through its Mask. The Mask is a string that is composed of Literal Characters and Mask Characters.

Literal Characters are characters in a mask that will appear as is. Mask Characters are the placeholders for data input.

For example, a US telephone number can be represented by the Mask (###) - ### #### Extn #### In the above Mask, all the non # characters are Literal characters and the #’s are Mask characters.

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