This is a general question about database admin.
Is there some kind of standardization for character limits on fields in a DB? It makes sense to specify character limits on the database end for names, phone number etc where you know the sort of data being entered and you want the data entered to be rational so you restrict the character limit. But how do you know what a sensible limit is in this crazy world there could a lot of exceptions.
In my case it is a system for a local company here in the UK with only 10-15 employees. So I could go back and change it if needed but I'd rather enter a rational limit to start with.
Sorry if this question has already been asked. If it has I couldn't find it through Google or on similar Questions.