Determining the Length and Distance
You may no longer use theDESCRIBE DISTANCE statement to define the lengths and distances of fields.It must be replaced with one of the new statements DESCRIBE DISTANCE ...IN BYTE MODE or DESCRIBE DISTANCE ... IN CHARACTER MODE.
TheDESCRIBE FIELD ...LENGTH statement is also obsolete and must be replaced with one of the new statements DESCRIBE FIELD ...LENGTH ...IN BYTE MODE or DESCRIBE FIELD ...LENGTH ...IN CHARACTER MODE.
Until now, theDESCRIBE FIELD ...TYPE field statement returned type C for flat structures. In a UP, type u is now returned for flat structures. This can be queried in the ABAP source code.
There are no changes for theDESCRIBE FIELD ...TYPE ...COMPONENTS ... statement under US. Similarly, the DESCRIBE ...OUTPUT LENGTH ... statement still returns the output length in characters.