The Record Layout Editor enables you to create record layout files. When applied to a data file, a record layout file enables you to:
A record layout file is essentially a template of the Data Division data structures in a COBOL program that are used to send and receive data to and from a data file. When you apply a record layout file to a data file in the Data File Editor, it lays out the data as it is used by the COBOL program, thus enabling you to edit the data within the structures defined in the program. When you apply a record layout file to a data file in the Data File Converter, it converts the records in the data file to conform to the Data Division structures defined in the record layout file and controls which fields in a record are converted.