What sequences of characters can be used in MICROSOFT JET SQL as names of tables and columns.

Posted on 2008-10-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Please give me a URL of a page where I can find a formal criterion that helps me determine if the string can or cannot be used instead of <<NAME>> placeholders in here:
SELECT <<NAME>> as <<NAME>> FROM <<NAME>> as <<NAME>>

I am talking about MS JET SQL.

Question by:midfde
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by:Patrick Matthews
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It really does not have to be hard: use only letters, numbers, and underscores.  Some Experts even eschew
underscores.  Further, avoid reserved words: SELECT, UPDATE, Date, Format, any of the key commands
in SQL or names of functions.

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by:Rey Obrero
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OK, I know that the following strings CAN be used as object names:
[Select], [My table], [Include?]
I am not sure about a name with the length, say, 500 characters; or about
and so on.
My program has to determine if a string will be later accepted by JET engine. It (the program) just wants to follow a set of "formal" rules to be able to point user to a right direction to meet these rules.
Please try to help me one more time. (The list of key words looks irrelevant to the issue).
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by:Rey Obrero
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from the Access window click Help
type specification in the box

click on Access Specifications

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Looks closer to what I need. It's at least a document to refer to. But it's not exactly what I am looking for:
Please see the title of my question. It implies more than just max length.
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by:Rey Obrero
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be more explicit

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capricorn1, specifications you are referring to instruct me that max length of the name is 64.
It does not say whether the following sequences of character are valid sql names:
      ["How are you doing?" - John asked]
FROM [I am all right. Thanks.]  
ORDER BY [order by]
And I am looking for a document that explicitly states what... see the title of my question.
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Rey Obrero earned 500 total points
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from the same help file type naming objects
then select
Guidelines for naming fields, controls, and objects
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Have a look at for reserved words.  There is such a wide variety of naming conventions it is probably best to Google - MS SQL naming conventions.

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Yes, thanks, it is the best answer although it's not exactly what the rules should be. This however is a usual blunder of MS, not of yours, capricorn1.

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