|Date: ||Wed, 19 Jun 1996 09:23:55 -0700|
|Reply-To: ||Bruce Rogers <gxx18300@GGR.CO.UK>|
|Sender: ||"SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Bruce Rogers <gxx18300@GGR.CO.UK>|
|Organization: ||Glaxo Wellcome|
|Subject: ||Re: Tabs in PUT statement|
Hays McLean wrote:
> >> Hays, Real Computers use '05'X for a tab character (EBCDIC vs. ASCII).
> We could tell from the question that the first guy used ASCII so we all
> told him to use '09'x (or byte(9)). CMS is close enough to the One True
> Operating System that it uses '05'X.
> Tim Berryhill - Contract Programmer and General Wizard
> TWB2@PGE.COM <<
> '05'X gives me dots, too:
> data; name='Joe'; address='100 Main St.';
> tab='05'X; put name tab address;
> Joe . 100 Main St.
> Guess I'm destined not to use tabs.
> --Hays McLean
It's probably just that CMS (& MVS) don't generally support the use of
tabs. Instead, it treats them as 'non-display characters' which will
be represented by a dot. If you transferred the output file to an ascii
system, for example, you would see that the dots are, in fact, tab
characters and would be traeted as such by most word processors etc.
P.S. Tim, this doesn't mean I think DOS is better than MVS / CMS :-)