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Beginning COBOL for Programmers by Michael Coughlan

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CHAPTER 9

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In the previous chapter, you saw how a printed report may be created by sending data directly to the printer or to a print file. In this chapter, you continue your exploration of printed output by examining how data may be formatted for output.

Most users of the data produced by a COBOL report program are not content with the simple raw, unformatted data. Unformatted data is difficult to read, so users want it presented in a way that makes it easier to understand. This is especially true of numeric data. Users may want numeric values separated into thousands, and they may want leading zeros to be suppressed. If the report ...

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