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Date:         Sat, 24 Sep 2011 10:16:09 -0400
Reply-To:     Arthur Tabachneck <art297@ROGERS.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Arthur Tabachneck <art297@ROGERS.COM>
Subject:      When using length statement doesn't change format width

Can someone point me to documentation that talks about when using a length statement, before a set statement in a data step, doesn't change the width of the format statement?

My experience has always been that using a length statement to change the width of a character variable results in simultaneously changing the width of the format. However, I came across a case yesterday where that didn't hold. Using a format statement, though, ended up changing both.

Is that particular behavior documented somewhere?

Thanks in advance, Art

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