In fixed format, the COBOL source record is divided into the following areas:
|Columns 1 - 6||Sequence number|
|Column 7||Indicator area|
|Column 8 - 11||Area A|
|Columns 12 - 72||Area B|
A COBOL source record can extend up to a maximum of 80 columns in length. The contents of columns 73 to 80 are ignored by the COBOL system.