Reading Unaligned Data with More Flexibility
Understanding How to Make List Input More Flexible
While list input is the
simplest to code, remember that it places restrictions on your data.
By using format modifiers, you can take advantage of the simplicity
of list input without the inconvenience of the usual restrictions.
For example, you can use modified list input to do the following:
Create character variables that
are longer than the default length of eight bytes.
Read numeric data with special
characters like commas, hyphens, and currency symbols.
Read character data that contains
Read data values that can be stored
as SAS date variables.
Creating Longer Variables and Reading Numeric Data That Contains ...