The TITLE Statement

The TITLE statement tells your COBOL system what title to print on the first line of all subsequent pages of the listing.

General Format

Syntax for General Format for the TITLE statement

Syntax Rules

  1. Literal-1 must be nonnumeric and can be followed by a period. It cannot be a figurative constant.
  2. The word TITLE can begin either in Area A or Area B and must be the only statement on the line.
  3. The TITLE statement can appear anywhere in the compilation group.

General Rules

  1. Literal-1 is used as a title on all subsequent pages of the listing. The default title, which is used until a TITLE directive is encountered, identifies your COBOL system and its current release level.
  2. The chosen or default title occupies the left-hand side of the first line of each page. The remainder of the line gives the date and time the intermediate code is produced and a page number.
  3. A second title line is also output containing the name of the main source file and of the current text-name (copybook).
  4. The TITLE statement causes an immediate new page.
  5. The TITLE statement itself is not printed.