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Defining and Storing Input Mask

Hi,
I have just started to use SQL server 6.5.  While designing the database in want to sotre the Department code with follwoing input mask ##-###
In access97 i was able to store the input mask with the data so i did not have to format the output evertime.  Is it possible to do the same in SQL Server.  If yes then how and where?
thanks in adv.
msa.
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msali
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formulaCommented:
You can't store input masks in SQL Server to my knowledge.  But
you could retrieve or store your data like you want it as follows:

select (substring(deptcode,1,2)+"-"+substring(deptcode,3,3)) deptcode from table

or

update table
set deptcode=
(substring(deptcode,1,2)+"-"+substring(deptcode,3,3))

I'm assuming your deptcode is a character field. You could not
store a dash in a numeric, but you could retrieve it by using
convert and string functions.
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