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PROC SQL: Beyond the Basics Using SAS® by Kirk Paul Lafler

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3.3. Formatting Output with the Output Delivery System

The SAS System provides users with a familiar and automatic way to look at output in a listing file. Although easy to use, it is not extremely flexible when it comes to creating “nice” looking output. The SAS Output Delivery System (ODS) provides many ways to format output by controlling the way it is accessed and formatted. Many output formats are available with ODS, including traditional SAS monospace font (that is, listing).

ODS was first introduced in Version 7 as a way to improve the appearance of traditional SAS output. It enables “quality” looking output to be produced without the need to import it into word processors such as MS-Word and WordPerfect. Since then, many new output formatting ...

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