Formatting Options

The value of a symbol is normally printed using its full length, although trailing spaces are removed. An exception are program symbols of these data types: CURR, DEC, QUAN, INT1 INT2, INT4, PREC, and FLTP. These are formatted right-justified with an output length as specified in the Dictionary.

You can adapt the standard formatting to your own requirements by using one of the additional formatting options available. You supply the parameters for these options together with the symbol itself. Many of these options are abbreviated to a single letter, which has to be given as a capital letter. You can combine two or more options on a single symbol, as long as the result still makes sense.


Output Length

Omitting the Leading Sign

Leading Sign to the Left

Leading Sign to the Right

Omitting Leading Zeros

Space Compression

Number of Decimal Places

Omitting the Separator for ‘Thousands’

Specifying an Exponent for Floating Point Numbers

Right-Justified Output

Fill Characters

Suppressing Output of Initial Values

Ignoring Conversion Routines

Local Dates (Currently Only for Japan)

Changing the Value of a Counter

Preceding and Subsequent Texts (Pre-Text / Post-Text)

Country-Dependent Formatting

Date Mask

Time Mask