[Numpy-discussion] proposal: smaller representation of string arrays

Phil Hodge hodge at stsci.edu
Thu Apr 20 16:16:40 EDT 2017

On 04/20/2017 03:17 PM, Anne Archibald wrote:
> Actually if I understood the spec, FITS header lines are 80 bytes long 
> and contain ASCII with no NULLs; strings are quoted and trailing 
> spaces are stripped.

FITS BINTABLE extensions can have columns containing strings, and in 
that case the values are NULL terminated, except that if the string 
fills the field (i.e. there's no room for a NULL), the NULL will not be 


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