Joined: 22 Aug 2005 Posts: 413 Location: Colarado, US
2)Is there a report section in cobol-85? Or in any other version?
Generally there are two methods by which COBOL programs generate reports.
The first is by definition of the file within the FD section and its assignment to printer or an output file. The report is then generated using the COBOL WRITE statement. An equivalant approach has been undertaken within CORECT.
The second method is by through the REPORT SECTION entry as defined by COBOL 85 standards. Such reports - typically contain positioning information - are translated to an equivalent form using supplied reporting libraries.
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