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But do not go to the other extreme of highly condensed names that are impossible to read without weeks of study. The old Bachman design tool was used to build DB2 databases back when column length was limited to 18 bytes. Sometimes the tool would change the logical attribute name to a physical column name by removing all of the vowels. Craig Mullins referred to this as “Bachman having a vowel movement on my DDL.” This is a bad approach to getting the name to fit within a smaller number of characters.