ABAP OO Class Methods

CL_ABAP_CHAR_UTILITIES SAP Class - Utilities for Processing Characters

CL_ABAP_CHAR_UTILITIES is a standard SAP object class available within R/3 SAP systems depending on your version and release level. You can view/maintain the class details by entering its name into the relevant SAP transactions such as SE24, SE80 or even SE84.

Below is the documentation available for class CL_ABAP_CHAR_UTILITIES including details of:

  • Interface class implementations
  • Inheritance details
  • Methods defined within class ( including link to full details )
  • Attributes ( including initial values )
  • Class Events

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A method is a coding block that performs a certain procedure (i.e. ABAP functionality) on an object within the overall SAP class. In simple terms if the object is an SAP database table a method could be the procedure to add a record or to delete a record. If you are new to OO in many respects, the implementation of a method is similar to a function module and can be called in a very similar way using CALL METHOD.

Instead of "CALL FUNCTION", Methods are referenced using the following syntax: CALL METHOD CL_ABAP_CHAR_UTILITIES=>methodname EXPORTING/IMPORTING...

CLASS_CONSTRUCTOR - Class Constructor
ENDIAN_TO_NUMBER_FORMAT - Number Format Determined for Byte Sequence
GET_SIMPLE_SPACES_FOR_CUR_CP - Returns a String with White-Space Characters
NUMBER_FORMAT_TO_ENDIAN - Number Format Determined for Byte Sequence


List of attributes within class CL_ABAP_CHAR_UTILITIES. These can be referenced using the following syntax CL_ABAP_CHAR_UTILITIES=>. Although depending on where you are inserting the ABAP code you do need to check if the attribute is public or private.

NameDescriptionInitial Value
BACKSPACE Backspace Character %_BACKSPACE
BYTE_ORDER_MARK_BIG Unicode - Big Endian 'FEFF'
BYTE_ORDER_MARK_LITTLE Unicode - Little Endian 'FFFE'
CHARSIZE Character Length in Bytes %_CHARSIZE
CR_LF "Carriage Return and Line Feed" Character Pair %_CR_LF
ENDIAN Byte Sequence of Application Server %_ENDIAN
FORM_FEED "Page Break Character" %_FORMFEED
HORIZONTAL_TAB "Horizontal Tab Stop" Character %_HORIZONTAL_TAB
MAXCHAR Maximum Possible Value %_MAXCHAR
MINCHAR Minimum Possible Value %_MINCHAR
SPACE_STR String with Whitespace Characters
VERTICAL_TAB "Vertical Tab Stop" Character %_VERTICAL_TAB

Events of the Class CL_ABAP_CHAR_UTILITIES

Events are created within your class using special event handler methods. These must be registered at runtime for the event and can then be triggered using the ABAP syntax: RAISE EVENT EXPOTING...