PICTURE Character-Strings

A PICTURE character-string consists of certain combinations of characters in the COBOL character set, used as symbols. See the topic The PICTURE Clause for the PICTURE character-string and for the rules that govern its use.

Any punctuation character that appears as part of the specification of a PICTURE character-string is not considered to be a punctuation character, but a symbol used in the specification of that PICTURE character-string.