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Counting Characters in a cell

I want to set a variable = to the numbers of characters in a cell.
$var=charcount('cell') ?
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A "cell" is what, exactly?

You probably want strlen()
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This is another one of those questions where it would be good for us to see your inputs and your required outputs.  There are just too many ways to interpret what you mean by "cell" and if you apply strlen() to your example instead of "charcount" you will get the number 4.  We sort of already knew that 'cell' has 4 characters, so it does not seem like you would need help programming a solution to that.

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strlen() didn't work for you?
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No actually

 $str = strlen($row['OWNER']);
  echo "STRING LENGTH: ". strlen($str);

this keeps returning a value of 2
OK, please post a new question showing how you get the $row['OWNER'] and we can help you visualize the data.