Richard Warr (4/10/2015)
There's a good article at Simple Talk[/url] which mentions the limit and the reason.
Where it says "116 characters or less" it means "116 characters or fewer" 😉
It's rather easy to choose the wrong one of "fewer" and "less" but it's rather easy too to fail to notcethat either could be correct in a particular sentence. I think Phil has committed no error, while you've committed the second one I mentioned. The verb "is" in that sentence doesn't force the choice of one rather than the other. The following are all correct:
The name consists of 128 characters or fewer.
The name is comprised of 128 characters or fewer.
The name's length is 128 characters or less.
The name is 128 characters long or less.
"Is" (on it's own) instead of "consists of" or "is comprised of" or "is ... long" or "'s length is" doesn't force one to pick one instead of the other - it leaves it wide open whether one is treating "character" as a unit of length or an individual object in a collection, and it's that choice which determines whether "less" or "fewer" is appropriate.
I've been heavily involved in data communications and learnt a fair bit of signal theory as a result so I am used to regarding things like "characters" and "bits" as units of length rather than as elements of a collection, so "less" seems appropriate; but other aspects of computing and of data communications have made me think of characters and bits as things I count so that "fewer" seems appropriate. So I'm used to cases where either word can be used, according to how one is looking at something.