Colon Separated Pair configuration
Frequently a configuration setting will require several pieces of input - for example, the Table Rate shipping configuration.
To express the configuration “for up to 2 pounds, charge $5, but for over 2 pounds but under 7 pounds, charge $10,” the following string is used:
This could also express the configuration “1-2 items, charge $5, 3-7 items, charge $10.” How the figures are interpreted depends on the context in which they are used.
This pattern of configuration, called “colon-separated pairs” is used in a number of places in Zen Cart.