Joined: 28 Nov 2006 Posts: 305 Location: Deerfield IL
COBOL can read files "delimited" by almost anything, but it is up to the programmer to code what to do with it after it is read. The question I have about this is where is the file coming from. If this file is being created in ASCII on a PC and then uploaded to the MF, you should test your method of converting from ASCII to EBCDIC to see how this character is converted. The easiest type of field to process in COBOL is fixed length fields. Would the "pipe delimited file" have variable length fields?