FORMAT

Syntax: FORMAT formatname

This option specifies the name of the formatting procedure, which is the entry point in the tailored support library or in the default Support Library. The Span Accessory calls the format in the tailored support library or Support library for each data set record. Your entry for SUPPORT determines which library the Span Accessory calls.

Valid values include the following:

formatname

Description

userwrittenformat

This is the name of a format routine that you have created. To create your own formatting routine, see Creating a Format.

FIXEDFORMAT

This is a format in the default Support Library. This format converts a data set record into fixed width, readable (EBCDIC) fields. This is similar to a COBOL program moving each field to a PIC … DISPLAY. When you use FIXEDFORMAT (or a similar format), you might want to set the DATACHECK format option to FALSE for improved performance. See Format Options.

COMMAFORMAT

This is a format in the default Support Library. This format delimits all records in the data set by commas.

RAWFORMAT

This is a format in the default Support Library. This is a binary format that DMSII uses to store data on the host. BINARYFORMAT This is a format in the default Support Library. This is a binary format that applies the filter and any ALTERs.