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Records in variable record length files (except Stream files) are preceded by a two-byte length attribute. It is stored as a signed word integer; therefore it has a maximum value of 32767. RMS strips off the length attribute before returning the data to your program.
Carriage Control attributes are stored in the file header and are common to all the records in the file. They are not stored in the records nor are they part of the records.