AUTO Phrase

{AUTO         }
  1. The AUTO phrase causes a field entry to automatically terminate as soon as the field is filled with data. If the field is the last field in a group of screen items (or the only field), then the ACCEPT statement will terminate when this occurs.
  2. If the AUTO phrase is not specified, then the field entry must be terminated by the user's typing a valid termination key (such as the enter key).
  3. When you are using RM/COBOL compatibility mode, AUTO is implied by default for any Format 1 ACCEPT statement. This may be overridden with the TAB phrase (see below).