I understand what you're saying, but I still don't understand why the character parameter doesn't need to be set for a simple text area but does need to be set for the iRite text area.
What you are saying is that, technically, it isn't possible to set up an iRite text area that can submit an unlimited, or really what I mean is 'unknown', amount of characters to an MSSQL ntext field.
I guess we'll just enter what we feel is a large number for now and wait for the inevitable phone call from the client when they run into difficulties inserting a larger number of characters. Thanks anyway.
Thanks, also, for the information on DataAssist.