DelphiBasics
ShortString
Type
Defines a string of up to 255 characters System unit
  type ShortString
Description
The ShortString type holds sequences of characters up to 255 in length.
 
Strings can be assigned from other strings, from functions that return a string, and with concatenations as in the sample code.
Notes
ShortStrings are indexed with 1 for the first character (arrays start with 0 for the first element).

A String type is treated as a ShortString when the $LongStrings compiler directive is set to Off
Related commands
$LongStrings Treat string types as AnsiString or ShortString
AnsiCompareStr Compare two strings for equality
AnsiLowerCase Change upper case characters in a string to lower case
AnsiPos Find the position of one string in another
AnsiString A data type that holds a string of AnsiChars
AnsiUpperCase Change lower case characters in a string to upper case
Concat Concatenates one or more strings into one string
Copy Create a copy of part of a string or an array
Delete Delete a section of characters from a string
Length Return the number of elements in an array or string
Move Copy bytes of data from a source to a destination
PShortString A pointer to an ShortString value
SetLength Changes the size of a string, or the size(s) of an array
String A data type that holds a string of characters
WideString A data type that holds a string of WideChars
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Example code : Assigning to a ShortString and a fixed length string
var
  smallString    : string[2];
  smallishString : ShortString;

begin
  // Assign to our small string
  smallString := 'ABCD';
  ShowMessageFmt('smallString size = %d',[SizeOf(smallString)]);
  ShowMessageFmt('smallString = %s',[smallString]);

  // Assign to our slightly bigger string
  smallishString := 'ABCD';
  ShowMessageFmt('smallishString size = %d',[SizeOf(smallishString)]);
  ShowMessageFmt('smallishString = %s',[smallishString]);
end;
Show full unit code
   smallString size = 3
   smallString = AB
   smallishString size = 256
   smallishString = ABCD
 
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