Is there away around the 254 character text field limit?

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    Again, which GIS software are you using? Good answers will depend on that information. – user3461 Aug 5 '13 at 16:19
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    JoshJones, This may be a duplicate of gis.stackexchange.com/questions/50415/…. Could you indicate whether or not that is the case (and if not, why not)? – whuber Aug 5 '13 at 17:01

I'm guessing you are referring to shapefile when you say

254 character text field limit

If so, you could create a feature class either in a personal (.mdb) or file (.gdb) geodatabase which can handle field/character text size larger than 254.

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