.AZ [-] string | #expression [,string | #expression [,...]]
The .AZ directive converts ASCII strings and/or expressions to hexadecimal bytes. The last generated byte will be followed by one extra byte with the value of $00 to signal the end of the string. This can be used to signal the end of a character processing loop. Apart from this minor difference the .AZ directive works exactly the same as the .AS directive.
In Version 3 of the SB-Assembler this directive will not perform a boundary sync.
The string parameter is a delimited string.
The expression should evaluate to a positive number that is less than 256.
The parameter can consist of more than one string and/or expression, which all should be separated from each other by commas.
All generated bytes will have bit b7=0 if the first character of the parameter is not a - sign, this is called positive ASCII. If the first character of the parameter is a - sign all generated bytes will have b7=1 except the trailing $00 byte, this is called negative ASCII.
The delimiters may not enclose an empty string. They should enclose at least one character.
0000-54 65 73 74 0004-00 .AZ /Test/ 0005-D4 E5 F3 F4 000A-00 .AZ -/Test/ 000B-0D 54 65 73 000F-74 0A 0D 00 .AZ #$0D,/Test/,#$0A,#$0D 0013-8D D4 E5 F3 0017-F4 8A 8D 00 .AZ -#$0D,/Test/,#$0A,#$0D 001B-54 65 73 74 001F-0D 54 65 73 0023-74 00 .AZ /Test/,#$0D,\Test\