The COLUMN NUMBER Clause (Report Writer)

The COLUMN NUMBER clause identifies a printable item and specifies the position of the item on a print line.

General Format

Syntax for General Format for the COLUMN NUMBER clause (Report Writer)

Syntax Rules

  1. The COLUMN NUMBER clause can be specified only at the elementary level in a report group. The COLUMN NUMBER clause, if present, must appear in or be subordinate to an entry that contains a LINE NUMBER clause.
  2. Within a given print line, the printable items should be defined in ascending column number order such that each printable item defined occupies a unique sequence of contiguous character positions.

    OSVS  No restrictions on the sequence of COLUMN NUMBER clauses are enforced.

General Rules

  1. The COLUMN NUMBER clause indicates that the object of a SOURCE clause or the object of a VALUE clause or the sum counter defined by a SUM clause is to be presented on the print line. The absence of a COLUMN NUMBER clause indicates that the entry is not to be presented on a print line.
  2. Integer-1 specifies the column number of the leftmost character position of the printable item.
  3. The RWCS supplies space characters for all positions of a print line that are not occupied by printable items.
  4. The leftmost position of the print line is considered to be column number 1.