In general, you should avoid using special characters in text fields. Characters such as the hyphen (-), slash (/), asterisk (*), and plus sign (+) may cause confusion, for example, because they can also represent mathematical instructions.
The pound sign (#), as noted earlier, is a formatting character in Letter Generation output. To avoid problems with Letter Generation, do not enter a pound sign (#) in addresses.
Special characters won’t always cause immediate problems, but they represent a potential source of complications when Banner interoperates with other systems.
The following characters should generally be avoided in text fields:
- the pound sign (#)
- the slash (/)
- the plus (+)
- the hyphen (-)
- the ampersand (&)
- the at-sign (@), except in e-mail addresses
- the dollar sign ($)
- the exclamation point (!)
- the comma (,)
- the asterisk (*)
- the percent sign (%)
If you must use a special character, use it without any spaces before or after it:
- Valid: Separated/Divorced
- Invalid: Separated / Divorced