What characters are not acceptable in an ArcGIS text field (File Geodatabase)?

by Cody Brown   Last Updated August 10, 2018 13:22 PM

Trying to join a table to my feature and it keeps leaving out a field. The field is a legal description of a property, it has all sorts of funky characters:

  • :
  • ;
  • /
  • \
  • ()
  • '
  • "
  • and more

The field is also long, from 100 to 1500 characters, but based on this I should be ok for field length: Maximum length of text fields in shapefile and geodatabase formats?

I can't find any documentation regarding what can or cannot be entered here. I assume its only Unicode or ASCII values, but I've removed pretty much everything and am still having the join error. The join error, doesn't show up in the join, it just excludes the field in the join.