Default Sign Representation

The syntax:

is assumed in the SPECIAL-NAMES paragraph if you set the DIALECT"RM" or RM"ANSI" Compiler directives when you submit your source code to your COBOL system. However, if you specify the RM Compiler directive or the SIGN(TRAILING-SEPARATE) directive, then NUMERIC SIGN IS TRAILING SEPARATE is assumed instead. For included signs, SIGN(EBCDIC) is assumed.