I believe I understand what you mean now. Blank lines are no problem and will not affect the output of my code.
The blank lines I previously inserted?
I'm confused. I wasn't aware that the code was inserting blank lines.
Are you talking about the included spaces in
set row=!row:VBS_6UP=8UP-VB !
set row=!row:EDLP6 =8UP-QV!?
If so, those spaces are needed because the number of characters on either side of the "=" need to remain constant.
But if I'm adding blank lines that do not need to be there, it isn't on purpose... Option A, I suppose?